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    Age of time (?)

    Hello to all. This is my first post. I'm hoping to get some help in english and I'll be very greatfull.

    I'm trying to write something that would mean like "from the begining of time". Actualy it would mean that it started about 4,5 million years ago, that I mention later in the text, and somewhere in my head rings a bell an expression that sounds like "since the age of time". I'm trying to google it, but i'm not finding is that the correct expression?

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    Re: Age of time (?)

    Quote Originally Posted by lupicatulum View Post
    Hello to all. This is my first post. I'm hoping to get some help in with my English, and I'll be very grateful to get some feedback. greatfull.
    Hello lupicatulum, and welcome to the forum.

    Quote Originally Posted by lupicatulum View Post
    I'm trying to write something that would mean like "from the beginning of time". Actually, it would mean that it started about 4.5 million years ago, that which I mention later in the text, and somewhere in my head rings a bell I remember an expression that sounds like "since the age of time". I'm trying to google it, but I'm not finding is that the correct expression.

    Thank you.
    Try:
    since the beginning/dawn of time
    or
    since time immemorial.

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    #3

    Re: Age of time (?)

    Or

    Since ancient times

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    Re: Age of time (?)

    Yes, since the dawn of time, that's what I was looking for. Thank you.

    I see you're spellchecking what I write. Great! Thank you for teaching me. Now, if I may ask, why "somewhere in my head rings a bell" is replaced with "I remember"? Was that completely wrong expression, or it's just a slang, that you do not prefer on this website?

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    Re: Age of time (?)

    It's not slang. It just didn't work in that context.
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    And how would you "work it out" in that context, GoesStation, please?

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    GS didn't say 'work it out'; he said it just didn't work in that context - it wasn't appropriate in that context.

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    Re: Age of time (?)

    I'm not sure do I understand that answer, but if I do, "work it out" was deliberatly put in question marks. It was a joke of the verb "to work" that GS used. Meaning, "how would you fix it to fit the context". Maybe I'm not good enough at English to make jokes of words.

    Anyway, thank you all for help and lessons.

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    Making plays on words in a second language is challenging but, if you succeed, rewarding. Don't give up trying!

    You could have written How would you make it work in that context? ​That wouldn't be a play on words, though; it would just be a natural response to my post.
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    It rings a bell (Was: Age of time (?))

    OK GS, then let's get back to the (secondary?) topic - how would you make it work in that context? Teechar proposed "I remember", but I DO NOT remember, that's the whole point! But it's somewhere in my subconscious, I know I heard many times in movies that expression (dawn of time), I just can't remember it right now.

    Is there no way of using "it rings a bell" in that context?

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