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    #1

    how behind you are...

    I have two questions...

    1) i want to say you are not good enough. so is this right if i say..

    " You have no idea how behind you are ! " -- is there any better way to say it?

    2) - if anybody doesn't want to do that he can stop doing it.
    - if anybody doesn't want to do that She can stop doing it.
    - if anybody doesn't want to do that they can stop doing it.

    pls tell me whats right...

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    #2

    Re: how behind you are...

    Quote Originally Posted by hitesh70 View Post
    I have two questions.

    1) I want to say you are not good enough, so is it right if I say

    "You have no idea how behind you are!" Is there any better way to say it?


    'You have no idea how far behind you are!'

    Always capitalise I.

    Please start a new thread for your second, unrelated question.

    EDIT: Never mind—Bob has answered it below.

    Rover
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 07-Aug-2012 at 18:23.

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    Re: how behind you are...

    1: Yes you can, but you might want to avoid raised eyebrows by adding "far" before "behind"

    2: It's a problem. English just doesn't have a genderless personal pronoun. Some people (me included) are happy to use 'they', but some people hold that this is wrong and insist on saying 'he or she' (which others feel is a chauvinist slur, and should be 'she or he') Others try to redress the balance by alternating 'he or she' and 'she or he'. Sometimes, feeling the heat of people who object to 'they', I admit to using the rather inelegant 's/he'. Usually the best policy is to avoid the problem, with something like 'Anybody who wants to do that can stop' (which is shorter).

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