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    #1

    Cool tide

    Hi,

    Is the following passage correct?

    "The departure time is according to the tide" (We can only start the trip when the tide starts to lower)

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    Re: tide

    [AmE - not a teacher]

    It doesn't sound very natural to me, but I can't tell if that's because of "is according to" or the fact that you're relating a departure time to the tide. I mean, it sounds like a metaphor, rather than an actual fact. I'm curious to see what a teacher thinks.

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    #3

    Re: tide

    There are a few things you can say.
    The tide will determine our departure time.
    The departure time is dependent on the tide.
    The departure time varies varies with the tide.
    The departure time may have to be adjusted to account for the tide.
    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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    Re: tide

    Interesting. Thank you Barb_D.

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