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    anytime

    My student's telephone does not work. She wrote to the landlord and wanted her to take a look at it. She wrote:
    I am at home every night so you can come by anytime.

    I do not think the language is proper. She wrote 'every night' and 'anytime' for it may cause ambiguousness. So could I advise her to change the sentence to:
    I am at home after 18:00, so you could come before 20:00.

    What's your opinion?

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    Re: anytime

    Quote Originally Posted by ziawj2 View Post
    My student's telephone does not work. She wrote to the landlord and wanted her to take a look at it. She wrote:
    I am at home every night so you can come by anytime.

    I do not think the language is proper. She wrote 'every night' and 'anytime' for it may cause ambiguousness. So could I advise her to change the sentence to:
    I am at home after 18:00, so you could come before 20:00.

    What's your opinion? Yes, I agree. "Anytime" would suggest up until midnight, which I don't think is what your student would intend.
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    Re: anytime

    Quote Originally Posted by ziawj2 View Post
    My student's telephone does not work. She wrote to the landlord and wanted her to take a look at it. She wrote:
    I am at home every night so you can come by anytime.

    I do not think the language is proper. She wrote 'every night' and 'anytime' for it may cause ambiguousness. So could I advise her to change the sentence to:
    I am at home after 18:00, so you could come before 20:00.

    What's your opinion?
    Maybe there's nothing wrong with the phone and she's just making a play for the landlord?

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    Re: anytime

    I don't think many landlords/landladies would turn up at midnight so I don't think there's too much danger of ambiguity in the original. I would have been happy with:

    I'm home every evening from 6pm so please come any time after that.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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