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    Let's move a / one step forward and three steps back / backward and see ...

    Let's move a / one step forward and three steps back / backward and see who can do so the fastest.

    Which word in each case should I use? Thanks.
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    Re: Let's move a / one step forward and three steps back / backward and see ...

    Could someone please help? Thanks.

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    Re: Let's move a / one step forward and three steps back / backward and see ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Could someone please help? Thanks.
    Because you are using "three" and "forward", I would use "one" and "backward".

    Incidentally, although you seem to be describing some sort of activity, you have come close to an idiom, mostly used in business. To move "one step forward and three steps backward" means to appear to be making progress but actually losing ground.

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