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    #1

    Question immediate available

    Believe it or not, sometimes, you knew the correct way of saying something but the more you see the incorrect way of saying something, the more uncertain you become and one day, you'll also say the wrong thing! This is so plaguing me!

    Anyway,

    I always thought that advertisements should say 'immediately available' [learnt from a teacher, adv modifying adj] but so many would say immediate available (meaning that you can start working straight away!)

    which is correct really?

    thanks

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    #2

    Re: immediate available

    I have never seen "immediate available."Where are you seeing this with such frequency?
    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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    #3

    Re: immediate available

    I have never seen it either.

    Immediately available.
    Available immediately.
    Immediate availability.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: immediate available

    Thanks everyone!

    I've now returned to Hong Kong... and of course, HK English haha

    That's why immersion helps a great deal because we need 'accurate' models of English

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    #5

    Re: immediate available

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I have never seen it either.
    ...
    Immediate availability.
    And in a table this could be 'immediate' in a column headed 'availabilty'. And because of technical writers' knee-jerk avoidance of abstract nouns, the column heading might be 'Available?' [This choice of wording might be favoured by practitioners of Robert Horn's 'Information Mapping' methodology.]

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    #6

    Re: immediate available

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I have never seen it either.
    ...
    Immediate availability.
    And in a table this could be 'immediate' in a column headed 'availabilty'. And because of technical writers' knee-jerk avoidance of abstract nouns, the column heading might be 'Available?' [This choice of wording might be favoured by practitioners of Robert Horn's 'Information Mapping' methodology.]

    b

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