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    #1

    "Theres no crime in using time twice in one sentence."



    "If you think your readers might find it odd or even confusing to see a hyphen hanging out at the end of a word, you could always write full-time and part-time jobs. Theres no crime in using time twice in one sentence."
    Does the word crime above mean "something to be regretted" or wrong?

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    #2

    Re: "Theres no crime in using time twice in one sentence."

    It just means that there is nothing [grammatically] wrong with using "time" twice in one sentence.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: "Theres no crime in using time twice in one sentence."

    And further, that there are no grammar police who will come arrest you even if you do make a grammatical or stylistic error.
    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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    Re: "Theres no crime in using time twice in one sentence."

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    And further, that there are no grammar police who will come arrest you even if you do make a grammatical or stylistic error.
    You haven't met my dad!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "Theres no crime in using time twice in one sentence."

    And there's always netizen's arrest.

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    Re: "Theres no crime in using time twice in one sentence."

    The writer is saying that it's better to write 'full-time and part-time jobs' than to write 'full- and part-time jobs' (which is ugly) or 'full and part-time jobs' (whch is lazy - there's a meaning there, but the writer is expecting the reader to work out what it is [which isn't too difficult in this case - not that the writer cares]).

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    #7

    Re: "Theres no crime in using time twice in one sentence."

    I'm a fan of the suspended hyphen, actually, and don't find it ugly, but it's purely a style choice.
    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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    #8

    Re: "Theres no crime in using time twice in one sentence."

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I'm a fan of the suspended hyphen, actually, and don't find it ugly, but it's purely a style choice.
    So am I, though I am aware that this is probably because of my knowledge of German, in which it's perfectly acceptable.

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