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    in my spare times

    Can we use 'in my spare time' instead of the plural form in the following sentence?

    In my spare times at Bath I've been reading Jane Austen and the more I read the more I admire and respect and do reverence.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: in my spare times

    I have never heard anyone say "in my spare times". This might just be a native speaker breaking tradition to be creative.

    Do use "in my spare time".

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    Re: in my spare times

    I suspect it was not written by a native speaker. This is just not natural: the more I admire and respect and do reverence.

    ...the more I read of her, the more I admire, respect, and even revere her.
    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: in my spare times

    It doesn't sound like a native speaker to me either.

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    Re: in my spare times

    It was actually written by Rudyard Kipling. "Do reverence" was also used by Shakespeare. Julius Caesar, Act 3, Scene 2:


    ANTONY But yesterday the word of Caesar might
    Have stood against the world. Now lies he there,
    And none so poor to do him reverence.
    O masters, if I were disposed to stir
    Your hearts and minds to mutiny and rage,
    I should do Brutus wrong, and Cassius wrong—
    Who, you all know, are honorable men.
    I will not do them wrong. I rather choose
    To wrong the dead, to wrong myself and you,
    Than I will wrong such honorable men.
    But here’s a parchment with the seal of Caesar.
    I found it in his closet. 'Tis his will.
    Let but the commons hear this testament—
    Which, pardon me, I do not mean to read—
    And they would go and kiss dead Caesar’s wounds
    And dip their napkins in his sacred blood,
    Yea, beg a hair of him for memory,
    And, dying, mention it within their wills,
    Bequeathing it as a rich legacy
    Unto their issue.
    This usage is archaic.

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    Re: in my spare times

    Kipling wrote "in my spare times"?

    I will need to start writing "I doubt this was written by a native speaker in modern times."
    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: in my spare times

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Kipling wrote "in my spare times"?

    I will need to start writing "I doubt this was written by a native speaker in modern times."
    I couldn't track down the full quote, but the latter part certainly appears to have been by Kipling: "
    In March 1915, the Kiplings had visited Bath and he re-read the works of Jane Austen there. He wrote to a friend that “the more I read the more I admire and respect and do reverence…"

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    Re: in my spare times

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Kipling wrote "in my spare times"?

    I will need to start writing "I doubt this was written by a native speaker in modern times."
    He did. However, I've been unable to find any other instance of "in my spare times" in texts whose authors were undoubtedly native, so it does seem quite strange, even if we take the elapsed time into account.

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    Re: in my spare times

    As it comes from a volume of his letters, it could have been a slip of the pen.

    Interesting that I have accused a Nobel prize winner with not sounding like a native speaker.

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