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    The worst thing to happen to (x) since the?

    Which one is correct, using the or without it? Is it necessary to add the​ before the year?

    1. Siminius is probably the worst thing to happen to Rome since the 330-32 anti rightist purge.
    2. Siminius is probably the worst thing to happen to Rome since 330-32 anti rightist purge.

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    Re: The worst thing to happen to (x) since the?

    The past tense would sound better here, a hyphen is needed, and 'the' is essential.

    'Siminius was probably the worst thing to happen to Rome since the 330-332 anti-rightist purge.'

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    Post Re: The worst thing to happen to (x) since the?

    In my opinion, the upper one is correct.

    And may I ask what is Siminius? and anti-rightist?

    Thanks in advance,
    Last edited by Katherine Gan; 13-May-2014 at 08:05. Reason: something missing

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    Re: The worst thing to happen to (x) since the?

    In my opinion, Rover's version is correct.

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    Re: The worst thing to happen to (x) since the?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    The past tense would sound better here, a hyphen is needed, and 'the' is essential.

    'Siminius was probably the worst thing to happen to Rome since the 330-332 anti-rightist purge.'
    If I change the sentence like this below, should I use is or was? The person I'm talking about is still alive. I'm a bit confused with grammar.

    "Justin Bieber is probably the worst thing to happen to America since the Great Depression."

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    Re: The worst thing to happen to (x) since the?

    I would use "is" there.

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    Re: The worst thing to happen to (x) since the?

    Quote Originally Posted by Katherine Gan View Post
    In my opinion, the upper one is correct.

    And may I ask what is Siminius? and anti-rightist?

    Thanks in advance,
    It's just one of the character's names in my short story about the Roman empire, set in an alternate universe :D

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    Re: The worst thing to happen to (x) since the?

    Quote Originally Posted by ucul View Post
    It's just one of the character's names in my short story about the Roman Empire, set in an alternate universe. :D
    Please use standard punctuation to end a sentence. If you want to insert an emoticon you can use the icon.

    And Katherine wants to know what 'anti-rightist' means.

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    Re: The worst thing to happen to (x) since the?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I would use "is" there.
    Forgot to ask. Since Siminius/Justin Bieber is a person, is it fine to use "thing" while referring to them? Or should I change it with "person"?

    "Justin Bieber is probably the worst thing to happen to America since the Great Depression." or "Justin Bieber is probably the worst person to happen to America since the Great Depression."?

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    Re: The worst thing to happen to (x) since the?

    In this context and construction, 'the best/worst thing' is used for people. If it hadn't been, we'd have put you right long ago.

    Katherine's still waiting to know what 'anti-rightist' means.

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