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    #1

    computer game time

    Does this make sense?
    I reduced my computer game time.

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    #2

    Re: computer game time

    Yes.

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    #3

    Re: computer game time

    What about this? Is this too long?
    I reduced my time to play computer games.

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    #4

    Re: computer game time

    No. That sounds like you "reduced your time" (whatever that means) in order to play computer games.

    "I reduced the amount of time I spend playing computer games" would be a longer version of your original (acceptable) sentence.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: computer game time

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Does this make sense?
    I reduced my computer game time.
    Yes. It means you finished the game faster.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #6

    Re: computer game time

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Yes. It means you finished the game faster.
    Interesting. I didn't consider that interpretation. I considered that it only meant that you reduced the amount of time (per day/week/month) that you spend playing computer games.

    I think it depends on whether you consider it to be "computer" + "game time" (giving my interpretation) or "computer game" + "time" (giving Charlie's interpretation).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: computer game time

    As a keen gamer myself, I would make a distinction between:


    • game time (time to complete a game)
    • gaming time (time spent gaming)


    Also, the term 'computer game' sounds a bit outdated to me these days. Slightly better is 'video game' or just 'game'.

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    #8

    Re: computer game time

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Interesting. I didn't consider that interpretation. I considered that it only meant that you reduced the amount of time (per day/week/month) that you spend playing computer games.

    I think it depends on whether you consider it to be "computer" + "game time" (giving my interpretation) or "computer game" + "time" (giving Charlie's interpretation).
    Yes, that's how I read it, but your way works, too. It could mean either.
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 02-May-2016 at 13:48.
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    #9

    Re: computer game time

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    What about this? Is this too long?
    I reduced my time to play computer games.
    The word "to" makes it unclear. It might mean:

    - I am spending less time playing computer games.
    - I am spending less time on other things in order to play computer games.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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