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    Paraphrase

    Hi guys.Could you please help me paraphrase this sentence, i realy can'e make sense of it.
    'I was playing this one nanosecond at a time'.

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    Re: Paraphrase

    Quote Originally Posted by rezaf View Post
    'I was playing this one nanosecond at a time'.
    Have you heard the expression "one day at a time"? It means not planning too far ahead. Living only one day, then tomorrow, you live another day, etc. This person was playing by making decisions only for one nanosecond, then re-evaluating the state of things and playing for the next nanosecond, etc.

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    Re: Paraphrase

    Quote Originally Posted by rezaf View Post
    Hi guys. (space required here) Could you please help me paraphrase this sentence? I really can'e can't make sense of it.
    'I was playing this one nanosecond at a time'. (There is no need to put it in quotes AND underline it.)
    Welcome to the forum.

    Raymott has given you a great answer. Now please have a look at the amendments I have made to your post above, in red and grey.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Paraphrase

    Note that the writer was exaggerating somewhat, given that a nanosecond is one thousand-millionth of a second.

    I don't know how you'd paraphrase that.

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    Re: Paraphrase

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Note that the writer was exaggerating somewhat, given that a nanosecond is one thousand-millionth of a second.
    I don't know how you'd paraphrase that.
    Restating "nanosecond" as "one thousand-millionth of a second" is a paraphrase. Though I think that if anything needed paraphrasing, it would be "at a time". A paraphrase is not always the best way to explain something.

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