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    #1

    exorbitance and negligance

    Wife: One day you are too early, not working enough, to earn enough money; another day you don't come up till morning. ............ and .............. are both bad.
    Husband: Yes ma'am!

    Can the wife say: exorbitance and negligence? Or could you please tell me a more appropriate phrase?

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    #2

    Re: exorbitance and negligance

    I am not sure what the sentence is supposed to mean.

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    #3

    Re: exorbitance and negligance

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I am not sure what the sentence is supposed to mean.
    Let me make another example.
    Mom: Josh! Sometimes you eat too much that makes you get a stomachache another day you eat too little that you are hungry an hour later. Hey kid, exorbitance and negligence are both bad. Take a normal way.


    Can I say that?

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    #4

    Re: exorbitance and negligance

    It sounds as if you are referring to excess and deficiency, but it still doesn't explain your original sentence.

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    #5

    Re: exorbitance and negligance

    Those are both inappopriate uses of those words.

    "Neither extreme is good. Strive for a balance!"

    (Though I *do* like the husband's response!)
    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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    #6

    Re: exorbitance and negligance

    The husband's response was wimpy.

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    #7

    Re: exorbitance and negligance

    And the wife was a shrew. But I wouldn't complain if I got that answer!
    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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    #8

    Re: exorbitance and negligance

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    "Neither extreme is good. Strive for a balance!"
    Can I use this sentence for all similar situations when something is not appropriate exceeding on both right and left ways?
    Last edited by atabitaraf; 28-Jul-2014 at 13:57. Reason: typo

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    #9

    Re: exorbitance and negligance

    Yes, it's a pretty good generic sentence.

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    #10

    Re: exorbitance and negligance

    You should know by now that phrases that include "all" (or always or never) are rarely true.

    However, the phrase "neither extreme is good" can apply to many, many situations.
    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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