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    #1

    enough alone time

    "alone" is rarely used before a noun, so "enough time alone" sounds natural. Is this a mistake?

    86.So chatting on a mobile phone in any public setting is perfectly acceptable. (↔avoidable) By contrast, Americans believe that having wireless conversation in public is often intrusive and a violation of others' private space. While they also use mobile phones for work-related activities, // some worry about being1 constantly available all the time, and not having enough alone time.

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    Re: enough alone time

    "Alone time" is fine.

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    #3

    Re: enough alone time

    In BrE "time alone" is more natural.

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    Re: enough alone time

    You can say something like "I don't to spend enough time alone" but "alone time" is a collocation that means "peaceful time where I don't have to worry about anyone else's needs."

    I've had a stressful day. I just need some alone time. -- It refers specifically to time to refresh yourself, recharge your batteries, whatever phrase you might want to use.
    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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    Re: enough alone time

    "Alone time" is a recognised and accepted collocation meaning "time on one's own".

    I don't get enough alone time.
    Go on holiday by yourself to guarantee some alone time.
    Drop the kids off at your parents and go to spa for the day - you really need some alone time.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: enough alone time

    It's often referred to as 'me time'.

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