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    in my day

    Dear teachers

    Given the following sentences:


    • Back in my day, I could run for hours.
    • Back in his day, he had a different date every week.
    • She is a distinguished woman, well-past her prime, who help the poor with her late husband's money.


    Could you share your opinion on these regarding correctness?

    Very much appreciated.

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    #2

    Re: in my day

    As an NES but not a teacher, the first two examples work for me.
    "Help" should read " helps" in the last example.

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    #3

    Re: in my day

    All correct except that help should be helps.

    Back in my day and back in his day have largely been supplanted by the universal non-specific back in the day. I think it is a loss to the language, but what can you do.

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    #4

    Re: in my day

    Yes, I guess they work... but my point is...Are these common in novels. I, myself, would have written:

    Back/During in my days of glory...
    ... well-past her prime time...

    Very much appreciated

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    #5

    Re: in my day

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Are these common in novels. I, myself, would have written:

    Back/During in my days of glory...
    ... well-past her prime time...

    Offroad
    I would have thought they would be totally appropriate for novels, but I wouldn't use the term "prime time" in that context.
    "Prime time" normally refers to [TV] peak viewing hours.

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    Re: in my day

    Agree with you:

    a young woman in her prime
    He was barely 30 and in the prime of (his) life.
    These flowers are long past their prime.

    Very much appreciated

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    Re: in my day

    "Well past" is not hyphenated.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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