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    #1

    three times vs thrice

    I always use "three times" instead of "thrice".
    In manual writing, which is better to put?

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    Re: three times vs thrice

    Quote Originally Posted by shiho0165 View Post
    I always use "three times" instead of "thrice".
    In manual writing, which is better to put?
    Use three (or 3) times, not thrice. 'Thrice' is rarely used any more in English.

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    Re: three times vs thrice

    Thank you for your message. I really appriciate it!

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    #4

    Re: three times vs thrice

    Thrice is for magic, fairy tales and Harry Potter, not manuals.

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    Re: three times vs thrice

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Thrice is for magic, fairy tales and Harry Potter, not manuals.
    And for amusing quotes from Carry On films.

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    Re: three times vs thrice

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    And for amusing quotes from Carry On films.
    . . .and from 'Up Pompeii':

    'Woe! Woe! and thrice woe!'

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    #7

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    Now I'm confused. Which one is "Nay, nay and thrice nay" from?

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    Re: three times vs thrice

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    And for amusing quotes from Carry On films.
    Yes - I'm sure there was a thrice within a few lines of Frankie Howerd's 'Infamy, infamy...' line.

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    Re: three times vs thrice

    In Indian English "thrice" is common. Indian English, these days, is a strange mixture of 18th/19th century BrE and modern AmE.

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    #10

    Re: three times vs thrice

    That's funny that you wrote magic spells. That was exactly what I thought of!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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