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    Back to forth

    "Glass is on the table or lying on the table upside down"


    "He is wearing his pants in reverse"

    Are these correct?

    I thing "Back to forth" is incorrect. Am I right?

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    Re: Back to forth

    Yeah, you wouldn't use back and forth in those contexts.
    I would actually use "Glass is either on the table or lying on the table upside down."
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    "The glass is on the table and lying on the table upside down."

    I think the second sentence is fine.

    FYI, I'm not a teacher.

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    Re: Back to forth

    If the glass is lying on the table, it is not upside down.
    You need 'back to front', not 'in reverse'.
    It's 'back and forth', not 'back to forth'.

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    #4

    Re: Back to forth

    So, where to use "Back and forth"?.

    What does glass is lying mean?
    Last edited by tufguy; 10-Sep-2015 at 13:50.

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    Re: Back to forth

    The confined tiger paced back and forth all day long. It means going in one direction and then the reverse direction.

    For me, "a glass lying on the table" would refer to the glass being on its side -- neither upright nor upside down.

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    Re: Back to forth

    So, the correct sentence is "Glass is on the table". Am I correct?.

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    Re: Back to forth

    I think it would be correct if an article was added before 'glass', but I am not a teacher.

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