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    #1

    let alone / leave alone

    Hi,




    Can you speak English properly first, let alone Russian?




    Is the above usage of 'let alone Russian' correct?




    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: let alone / leave alone

    No it isn't.

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    #3

    Re: let alone / leave alone

    I hope you can understand the idea of my sentence. Please tell me how the idea can be expressed correctly.

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    #4

    Re: let alone / leave alone

    Could you tell us what you're trying to say without using "let alone/leave alone"?

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    #5

    Re: let alone / leave alone

    Can you speak English properly first, let alone Russian?

    That would be fine in one context I can think of. Jack is discussing Russian grammar. His interlocutor notices some careless usages in Jack's English. He uses that sentence to goad Jack into improving his English before tackling Russian.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: let alone / leave alone

    I want to tell somebody that he/she cannot speak even English properly and he/she need not try to speak Russian at all at this stage.

    Besides, is it possible to use 'let alone' in a question?

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    #7

    Re: let alone / leave alone

    Your sentence is fine in that context.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: let alone / leave alone

    Quote Originally Posted by vpkannan View Post
    Can you speak English properly first, let alone Russian?
    That is unnatural to me in any context. 'Let alone' seems to be used mainly after clauses with a negative idea:


    You can hardly speak English, let alone Russian.
    You can't even speak English, let alone Russian.

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    #9

    Re: let alone / leave alone

    'leave alone' has no place in this thread.

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    #10

    Re: let alone / leave alone

    I have to agree. My previous post was incorrect.
    I am not a teacher.

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