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    Re: What to call the parts of a month

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I was suggesting "What to call the parts of a month" instead of "How to ...."
    AhI've only just clocked it you changed the thread title. That move confused me.

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    #12

    Re: How to call three parts of a month

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    You can divide the year into four quarters and call them first quarter (1Q), second quarter (2Q) and so on, as is common in business reports.
    Are you sure? It's good point, up to a point. As you say, quarters are highly useful for discussing things like financial reports and economic indicators.

    But for ordinary conversation, it wouldn't be natural. I've never heard anyone say: "Let's get together in the third quarter."
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    #13

    Re: What do we call three parts of a month?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Yes, but Ted's answer is better.

    Note that I have improved your thread title. We don't start a question with 'How to', and it should have had a question mark anyway.
    When a person is writing sentences in other language, he usually thinks of what he is going to express in his native grammar, then translate the idea in his mind into other language.

    Usually mobile numbers are long, I memorize my mobile number in my language, I can dictate it in my language, but it is difficult for me to dictate it in English. Young persons may not find it is difficult to memorize long numbers in other language.
    Last edited by bigC; 21-Sep-2020 at 02:37.

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    #14

    Re: How to call three parts of a month

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    I think they're fine. We don't always need to be exact.

    Note, though, that mid isn't a word, it's a prefix. So it's hyphenated, and it's sometimes phrased differently. Examples:

    - It was early/late 2010 when we met.
    - It was mid-2010 when we met.

    - I'll see you sometime early/late in the year.
    - I'll see you sometime mid-year.
    I have heard people say "see you on Saturday", could I write "I'll see you sometime in/on mid-year."?
    Last edited by bigC; 21-Sep-2020 at 02:36.

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    #15

    Re: How to call three parts of a month

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    I have heard people say, "See you on Saturday". Could I write, "I'll see you sometime in/on mid-year."?
    You could say, "I'll see you sometime mid-year" without in or on.

    These are more likely:

    - "I'll see you later in the year."

    - "I'll see you this summer."
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    Re: What do we call three parts of a month?

    Quote Originally Posted by bigC View Post
    When a person is writing sentences in another language, he/she usually thinks of what he/she is going to express in his/her native grammar language, then translates the idea in his/her mind into the other language.

    Usually mobile numbers are long; I memorize my mobile number in my language, I can dictate it in my language, but it is difficult for me to dictate it in English. Young persons people may not find it is difficult to memorize long numbers in another language.
    Note my corrections above. I hope that the first long sentence shows you why it is much neater to use the gender-neutral "they" in such contexts. Here's how I would have written the sentence.

    When someone is writing something in a foreign language, they usually think of what they're trying to say in their native language, then they translate it into the other language.

    I'm not sure of the relevance of the story about mobile numbers. This is nothing to do with memorising anything. Of course you need to memorise your mobile number but your English is at a level where I would expect you to be able to give me any number between 1 and 100 (in English!) without first thinking of it in your native language and then translating it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #17

    Re: What do we call three parts of a month?

    Quote Originally Posted by bigC View Post
    When a person is writing sentences in another language, he usually thinks of what he is going to express in his native language, then translates the idea in his mind into the other language.

    Usually mobile numbers are long. I memorize my mobile number in my language. I can dictate it in my language, but it is difficult for me to dictate it in English. Young people might not find it is difficult to memorize long numbers in other languages.
    I think you are thinking of yourself and generalizing from that.

    If you are thinking in your first language and then translating you are giving yourself a lot of extra trouble. Also, you are not really learning English until you can think in English.

    It seems that you are making vocabulary a priority. (It is hard for me to think of anything else to say.)
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