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    all-time or always

    Hello everyone,
    Our all-time problem was food.
    Our problem was always food. The first one I read in the news paper, Is it corect,can we use "all-time" like this?
    Thank you.

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    Re: all-time or always

    All-time usually has a meaning similar to record: all-time - Dictionary definition and pronunciation - Yahoo! Education

    'Our all-time problem was food.' sounds unnatural to me, as if it were produced by a non-native speaker.

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    Re: all-time or always

    Yes - a non-native-speaker who wrongly assumed that 'all-time' was just an efficient way of referring to something that happened 'all the time'.

    b

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