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    Post Tight

    "College applicants faced tight admissions."
    "Applicants faced tight jobs."
    "People faced tight money."


    Could these be standard English?

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    Re: Tight

    1 - Maybe. It means there are not many positions for students compared to how many apply.
    2 - Applicants faced a tight job market. Not "tight jobs."
    3 - No.
    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: Tight

    Thank you for your reply, Barb_D!

    Would these work?

    "Applicants found that college admissions are tight."
    "Recent college graduates that jobs are tight."
    "After layoffs, people found that money is tight."

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    Re: Tight

    "The job market is tight."
    "Money is tight." -- This one is okay.
    I'm not sure how I feel about "admissions are tight."
    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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