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    The person is at the wrong place at the wrong time.

    When something nasty happens, such as a traffic accident, it is common to say "The person is at the wrong place at the wrong time." Do native speakers use such a sentence?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: The person is at the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    When something nasty happens, such as a traffic accident, it is common to say "The person is at the wrong place at the wrong time." Do native speakers use such a sentence?

    Thanks.
    Yes, but it is normally in the past tense -- was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

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    #3

    Re: The person is at the wrong place at the wrong time.

    In BrE, we would also use "was". We would, however, say "in the wrong place at the wrong time". It's such a well-known phrase that simply saying "Wrong place, wrong time" will be understood by most people.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The person is at the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In BrE, we would also use "was". We would, however, say "in the wrong place at the wrong time". It's such a well-known phrase that simply saying "Wrong place, wrong time" will be understood by most people.
    However, the sentence doesn't sound logical.

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    #5

    Re: The person is at the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    However, the sentence doesn't sound logical.
    To which sentence are you referring?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The person is at the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    To which sentence are you referring?
    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    When something nasty happens, such as a traffic accident, it is common to say "The person is at the wrong place at the wrong time." Do native speakers use such a sentence?
    The sentence in bold.

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    Re: The person is at the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    The sentence in bold.
    Why does it seem to be illogical to you?

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    #8

    Re: The person is at the wrong place at the wrong time.

    As you can tell from the rest of this thread, "He was at the wrong place at the wrong time" is correct in AmE and "He was in the wrong place at the wrong time" is correct in BrE.

    Are you saying that you find both of those illogical?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: The person is at the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    As you can tell from the rest of this thread, "He was at the wrong place at the wrong time" is correct in AmE and "He was in the wrong place at the wrong time" is correct in BrE.

    Are you saying that you find both of those illogical?
    In AmE, we use both forms. I Googled the phrases an found that both generated about 19 million hits.

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    #10

    Re: The person is at the wrong place at the wrong time.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    As you can tell from the rest of this thread, "He was at the wrong place at the wrong time" is correct in AmE and "He was in the wrong place at the wrong time" is correct in BrE.

    Are you saying that you find both of those illogical?
    Thanks, emsr2d2.

    I find the part in bold above illogical.

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