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    #1

    for the sake

    Would it be correct to say:

    1) For the sake of not being late, let's meet at 4.30.
    (meaning in order not to be late/so as not to be late).

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: for the sake

    It's not very natural.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    #3

    Re: for the sake

    The expression is frequently heard in AmE.

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    #4

    Re: for the sake

    To be honest, I don't know why I would want to say that (to write actually). I later thought of other options, but by that time I had sent my email already.
    I'd say
    1) to be on the safe side....
    2) in order not to be late/so as not to be late....
    But it good to hear that it's said by Americans, probably I heard it said, that's it.

    Thank you for the unput.

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    #5

    Re: for the sake

    Amigos, are you referring to "for the sake of not being late"?

    If that is used in AmE at all, it is not frequent in my experience.

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    #6

    Re: for the sake

    We'd just say something like "To make sure we're not late" or even "To err on the side of caution" but not "For the sake of not being late."
    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: for the sake

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Amigos, are you referring to "for the sake of not being late"?

    If that is used in AmE at all, it is not frequent in my experience.
    I'm willing to walk back the word 'frequently' in my post. However, 'for the sake of not being late' is used in AmE. Apparently, it is also used in the UK. (See paragraph 14)

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    #8

    Re: for the sake

    "For the sake of" is used commonly in BrE but I find "For the sake of not being late" very unnatural.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: for the sake

    Quote Originally Posted by Amigos4 View Post
    I'm willing to walk back the word 'frequently' in my post. However, 'for the sake of not being late' is used in AmE. Apparently, it is also used in the UK. (See paragraph 14)

    Wow! The quote from the article "He said: “For the sake of not being late for work she overtook carelessly without proper attention."
    I can't beleive I said that as well while it is not a usual thing to say and not often heard.
    Thanks everyone for the input!

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