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    #1

    let alone

    Anything concerning pension will make big news in this country, let alone major reforms in this field.

    Is "let alone" naturally used here?

    Thanks!

    Jason

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    #2

    Re: let alone

    I don't think so. "Let alone" and "leave alone" are used with negative predictive statements to indicate even less likely outcomes.

    The government is not even going to initiate a review of pensions in this country, let alone (or leave alone) implement major reforms in the field.

    I'm not going to talk to her, let alone ask her out.

    As has been pointed out in another recent thread, "leave alone" is the BrE preferred form. I hear both let and leave here in Canada.

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    #3

    Re: let alone

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post

    As has been pointed out in another recent thread, "leave alone" is the BrE preferred form. I hear both let and leave here in Canada.
    I think you misread that earlier thread. It's "let alone" in BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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