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    On a blablah basis"

    Hi,

    I often notice American like to use the phrase "on a blablah basis". It seems quite versatile to me.

    Are the following usages acceptable? "On a don't ask don't tell basis" "On a out of sight out of mind basis"?


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    Re: On a blablah basis"

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    Hi,

    I often notice American like to use the phrase "on a blablah basis". It seems quite versatile to me.

    Are the following usages acceptable? "On a don't-ask-don't-tell basis" "On an out-of-sight-out-of-mind basis"?


    Thanks!
    If I had to write those, I would hyphenate them, as I showed above. I'm not sure about how natural they are, though.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: On a blablah basis"

    They sound fine to me, and I would hyphenate too.

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    Re: On a blablah basis"

    I've never heard "on a blablah basis", and don't know what it might mean, I can't think when I might could use "on a don't ask don't tell basis" or "on an out of sight out of mind basis"

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    #5

    Re: On a blablah basis"

    "Blah blah" was used there to stand in for other words.

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    Re: On a blablah basis"

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    "Blah blah" was used there to stand in for other words.
    We live and learn.

    I still can't see "on a don't ask don't tell basis" or "on an out of sight out of mind basis" working.

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    Re: On a blablah basis"

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    We live and learn.

    I still can't see "on a don't ask don't tell basis" or "on an out of sight out of mind basis" working.
    We'd tell you but it's strictly on a need-to-know basis.

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    Re: On a blablah basis"

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    We'd tell you but it's strictly on a need-to-know basis.
    That one is not only funny in this thread , but it works in other contexts.

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    Re: On a blablah basis"

    Indeed, on a we'd-have-to-kill-you-if-we-told-you basis.

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    Re: On a blablah basis"

    Shouldn't that be a I-could-tell-you-but-then-I'd-have-to-kill-you basis?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 15-Feb-2014 at 20:23.
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