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    for the moment and overseas

    Hi all,

    Someone asked me "Are you interested in working in New York?"

    Can I say "I am afraid I am not considering to work in the overseas cities for the moment"?

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    Re: for the moment and overseas

    'I'm not considering working anywhere overseas at the moment.'

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    Re: for the moment and overseas

    Thanks!

    I have checked the dictionary (moment noun (OCCASION) - definition in British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionary Online) and it says at the moment means now and for the moment means "If you do something for the moment, you are doing it now, but might do something different in the future". So I think "for the moment" is more appropriate as I might consider working in overseas cities in the future. What do you think?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'I'm not considering working anywhere overseas at the moment.'

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    Re: for the moment and overseas

    "At the moment" is the correct expression here. It also denotes that the situation could change in the future.

    If there was not the possiblilty of change, you would simply say "I'm not considering working overseas." Period. The fact that you add "at the moment" means that this could change in the future.

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    Re: for the moment and overseas

    Thanks! However, I do not understand why I cannot use for the moment here. What is the difference between at the moment and for the moment?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "At the moment" is the correct expression here. It also denotes that the situation could change in the future.

    If there was not the possiblilty of change, you would simply say "I'm not considering working overseas." Period. The fact that you add "at the moment" means that this could change in the future.

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    #6

    Re: for the moment and overseas

    "At" is the natural preposition in this example. The idea is that "right now" I am not considering...

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    Re: for the moment and overseas

    I have nothing against 'for the moment' - and COCA has 2,788 citations.

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    Re: for the moment and overseas

    Thanks! Could you let me know what COCA is?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I have nothing against 'for the moment' - and COCA has 2,788 citations.

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    #9

    Re: for the moment and overseas

    Quote Originally Posted by Jiayun View Post
    Thanks! Could you let me know what COCA is?
    Hello, again.
    Please go to: Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA)
    I find it very useful.

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    Re: for the moment and overseas

    Most amazing!! This is really very helpful. I never know this kind of website does exist. It is similar to a search engine I used in university which helped me search through different newspapers but it was not for free.

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello, again.
    Please go to: Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA)
    I find it very useful.

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