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    Out in the sticks

    I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural. I have used a comma after "sticks", but I am not sure if that is correct.

    Peter was weary of living out in the sticks, where busses went only twice and a day, and where shops were sparse.

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    Re: Out in the sticks

    I would not use any commas. "Busses" are kisses; the plural of "bus" is buses.
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    #3

    Re: Out in the sticks

    I think you mean "twice in a day."

    If you're truly out in the sticks, there are no buses.

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    Re: Out in the sticks

    I don't know about Bosnia Herzegovina, but the public transport system in the Czech Republic is so good that even small villages out in the sticks might well get two buses a day.

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    Re: Out in the sticks

    I think that in the whole former Yugoslavia there is a good bus network, but in the small villages they do not have a strict time table. They go few times a day according to the needs of villagers.

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    Re: Out in the sticks

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    They go a few times a day according to the needs of villagers.
    See above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Out in the sticks

    Thank you emsr2d2,
    Actually I wanted to say "few times" meaning not many times. Should I say "a couple of times" instead to be more precise?

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    Re: Out in the sticks

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Thank you emsr2d2,
    Actually I wanted to say "few times" meaning not many times. Should I say "a couple of times" instead to be more precise?
    "A few times" means not many times. "A couple of times" means about twice; I understand it to be more than one and less than four. A few is typically more than a couple.
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