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    use of 'let alone'

    Hi all,
    I just want to know if I have used the phrase correctly:
    "The subject is irrelevant and none of the values taught are practised in life let alone the time spent by students in preparing the folio."

    What I want to say is not only the values taught are irrelevant, what is equally bad is the amount of times students waste preparing the folio.
    If my word choice is incorrect can you please suggest another word/ phrase.

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    Re: use of 'let alone'

    Quote Originally Posted by learning101 View Post
    Hi all,
    I just want to know if I have used the phrase correctly:
    "The subject is irrelevant, and none of the values taught are practised in life, so it wastes the time spent by students in preparing the folio."

    What I want to say is not only the values taught are irrelevant, what is equally bad is the amount of times students waste preparing the folio.
    If my word choice is incorrect can you please suggest another word/ phrase.

    By the way, dear administrator, I am always prompted to re-enter the site again after I finish editing my question. It is annoying because I'll have to retype again. Is it me who is having this problem, or are there others facing the same problem as I am? Do you have a solution for how I can use the site smoothly?
    We use let alone to connect parallel phrases, which yours were not. Better:

    - The subject is irrelevant. None of its values are practiced in day-to-day life, let alone in the classroom.
    - The subject is irrelevant, since its values don't reflect real life, let alone life on campus, where we're too busy to waste time preparing meaningless folios.
    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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    Re: use of 'let alone'

    Quote Originally Posted by learning101 View Post
    I just want to know if I have used the phrase correctly
    No, you haven't.

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    Re: use of 'let alone'

    But the word ‘so’ does not quite justify what I want it to mean as ‘what is equally bad is’.

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    Re: use of 'let alone'

    The subject is irrelevant and none of the values taught are practised in life let alone the time spent by students in preparing the folio.
    Quote Originally Posted by learning101 View Post
    But the word ‘so’ does not quite justify what I want it to mean as ‘what is equally bad is’.
    The problem is that the part of the sentence after "let alone" is a non sequitur; you mention the students' use of time without connecting it to the previous thought or telling us what's wrong with it. Is this what you're trying to say?

    The subject is irrelevant and none of the values taught are practised in life. Moreover, the time spent by students in preparing the folio is entirely wasted.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: use of 'let alone'

    Quote Originally Posted by learning101 View Post
    But the word ‘so’ does not quite express what I want it to mean as ‘what is equally bad is’.
    Oh! Now I see the problem.

    The phrase let alone does not mean what is equally bad is.

    We use let alone to compare lesser with greater, fewer with more, or easier with harder.

    - I can't walk, let alone run.
    - I can't talk, let alone sing.
    - I can't spell, let alone write.
    - She wouldn't eat one apple, let alone ten.
    - None of the values are practiced in the class, let alone in the world.

    Another phrase we use the same way is much less.
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 29-May-2020 at 03:34.
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