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    stints

    I read a sentence from an article on the Internet as follows. What does the bold word 'stints' mean here? Does it work? Can it be replaced by other word?

    Whenever you're stressed-out after a day at work, a game of basketball can make you forget your worries as you focus on the game. What's more, a few successful stints at shooting can boost your confidence and give you a high.

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    Re: stints

    It's OK. You could change it to something like goes (noun).

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    Re: stints

    It means brief sessions. Brits can replace stints with goes;​ alas, we Americans can't.
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    Re: stints

    You could use "tries" as well.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: stints

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You could use "tries" as well.
    Not on this side of the pond. We are sadly deprived.
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    Re: stints

    I'm pretty sure we could both use "attempts".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: stints

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'm pretty sure we could both use "attempts".
    On second reading I see where we could actually use "tries" there. I wouldn't see it, or "attempts", as synonyms for stints though. I see a stint as a period of time, not a single attempt at doing something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Not on this side of the pond. We are sadly deprived.
    You live and learn- those are two obvious choices in the UK.

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    Re: stints

    I can't disagree with the comment about the usage of "stint". We do generally use it as a description of a period of time.

    I did a short stint as a waitress while I was at drama school.
    He did a surprisingly long stint as an actor on my favourite TV show.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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