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    pretty much of time

    Hello, I don't understand the grammar of this sentence:


    • ...most of the people on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time.


    It's from the book "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", first paragraph.

    Is "pretty much of" standard English or is just a whim of the author?

    Thank you

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    #2

    Re: pretty much of time

    I didn't think it was odd when I read it, but yes, it is odd. They were unhappy most of the time.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: pretty much of time

    In this context, I can live with it.

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    #4

    Re: pretty much of time

    The author, Douglas Adams, was writing humour. When you do that, you can get away with things that expository writers cannot. "Pretty much of the time" is a little bit funny.

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    #5

    Re: pretty much of time

    It's whimsical.

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    #6

    Re: pretty much of time

    That book is one of my favorites.
    I often think of it when reading a certain section of this forum.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #7

    Re: pretty much of time

    Thank you guys. It's so difficult to get the niceties of English sometimes.

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