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    #1

    It is another time/umpteenth in a row that an owner has entrusted

    Hello.
    I would like to say that an owner is very satisfied with quality work that was done on board his ships in the past. He is so pleased that he decides to entrust a shipyard with repairing his another ship. It is not known if he is having his ship repaired second time in a row or third time in succession or fourth time running. All I know is that he has had his ships repaired at a yard for the part few years. The number of times his ships were repaired is unknown. How to express it? Should I say:
    It is another time/umpteenth in a row that an owner has entrusted a shipyard with repairing his ships.
    or
    It is another/umpteenth time in a row when an owner is entrusting a shipyard with repairing his ships.
    What is your opinion?
    Thank you.
    Last edited by JACEK1; 05-Jun-2017 at 06:28.

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    #2

    Re: It is another time/umpteenth in a row that an owner has entrusted

    How about "How many times has the owner entrusted this shipyard with repairing his ships?"
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 05-Jun-2017 at 10:16. Reason: Fixed typo

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    #3

    Re: It is another time/umpteenth in a row that an owner has entrusted

    I wouldn't use 'umpteenth'. It's usually used to express some kind of negative opinion about the high number of repeated occurrences.

    "You've left your toys out again. I've told you umpteen times to put them away when you're finished playing."
    "This is the umpteenth time the neighbor's dog has crapped on our lawn."

    I'd suggest some variation on any of the following, which sound progressively like advertisements.

    "Yet again, Customer X has brought his ships to us for repair."
    "Once again, Customer X has entrusted his ship to our expert care."
    "Customer X has been a satisfied customer for many years."
    "Time and time again, Customer X chooses us for his maritime repair needs."
    "Any time Customer X needs shipwork done, he comes to us."
    "Customer X has brought his ships to us time and time again."
    "Whenever Customer X needs work done on his boat, he immediately thinks of ABC Shipyard."

    Throw in a video clip of a boat hitting a rock, disparaging looks, then a flash of relief upon the sailor's face as he digs your business card out and starts dialing, and you've got a cheesy TV advertisement.

    Edit: Wait, wait - replace the rock with either a shark biting off the bow, or possibly a swordfish spearing clean throw the prow.
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    #4

    Re: It is another time/umpteenth in a row that an owner has entrusted

    You made me think of "Jaws".

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