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    #1

    point of no return

    Hello,
    which of these sentences are correct?

    1) We have come to a point of no return.
    2) We came to a point of no return.

    3) We have gotten to a point of no return.
    4) We got to a point of no return.

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    5) Instead of eating bread, I would rather eat pizza.
    6) Instead of eating bread, I would rather be eating pizza.
    7) I would rather eat pizza instead of bread.
    8) Instead to eat bread, I would rather eat pizza.

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    Last edited by krisfromgermany; 23-Feb-2016 at 18:36.

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    #2

    Re: point of no return

    In BrE, 1, 2 and 4 are fine. We don't use "gotten" in BrE so we wouldn't use #3 but I'm pretty sure it's right in AmE.

    As far as your second set of sentences is concerned, only #7 is natural. #5 and #6 are understandable but messy. #8 is completely wrong because of "Instead to". It's "Instead of".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: point of no return

    I can confirm that #3 is correct and natural in AmE.

    Also, please correct me if you catch me using expressions that sound rather British rather than American. , please correct me as well then.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: point of no return

    How about
    9) I would rather be eating pizza instead of bread.
    10) I would rather be eating pizza instead of eating bread.
    ?

    And can I always use 'than' instead of 'instead of' in such cases?

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    #5

    Re: point of no return

    I prefer "than" to "instead of".

    I would rather be eating pizza than bread.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: point of no return

    Quote Originally Posted by krisfromgermany View Post
    1) We have come to a point of no return.
    There logically being only one such point on any path, the definite article is more common than the indefinite in this expression.

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