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    #1

    read when free/read when you free ?

    Which one is correct? I am creating and naming a folder to store things that I want to read when I am a free. I am not sure about the correct English to use.

    1) read when free
    2) read when you free
    3) read when you are free

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    #2

    Re: read when free/read when you free ?

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    Of the three examples, "read when you free" jars because it is too unlike standard English, but as you are, presumably, the only person who needs to understand what the folder is, then it seems unnecessary to write a complete sentence.
    On that basis, "read when you are free" strikes me as too long. I would just call it "read when free", or even something like "to be read", "read later".

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    Re: read when free/read when you free ?

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    not a teacher

    Of the three examples, "read when you free" jars because it is too unlike standard English, but as you are, presumably, the only person who needs to understand what the folder is, then it seems unnecessary to write a complete sentence.
    On that basis, "read when you are free" strikes me as too long. I would just call it "read when free", or even something like "to be read", "read later".
    What does ""read when you free" jars because it is too unlike standard English" mean?

    Are all 1, 2, 3 correct English?

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    #4

    Re: read when free/read when you free ?

    Quote Originally Posted by goodstudent View Post
    What does ""read when you free" jars because it is too unlike standard English" mean?

    Are all 1, 2, 3 correct English?
    "Read when you free" is not Standard English. For me, "To be read" is the best.

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    Re: read when free/read when you free ?

    Quote Originally Posted by goodstudent View Post
    What does ""read when you free" jars because it is too unlike standard English" mean?

    Are all 1, 2, 3 correct English?
    #2 is incorrect. #3 is good English. (It's not a sentence, though)

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    Re: read when free/read when you free ?

    "Read [this] when you are free" is a grammatically correct imperative sentence.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: read when free/read when you free ?

    As you are the only person who will see this folder, goodstudent, JMurray has given you the best title for it — 'Read later'.

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    #8

    Re: read when free/read when you free ?

    Hi,

    Is "To read" okey as well? I use to label tags on my electronic sheets this way -- based on the well-known term "To-Do list".
    Last edited by Conatus; 28-Dec-2013 at 14:56.

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    Re: read when free/read when you free ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Conatus View Post
    Hi,

    Is "To read" okay as well? I use​d to label tags on my electronic sheets this way -- based on the well-known term "To-Do list".
    Yes.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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