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    Re: Gray area

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    Personally, I don't have a problem with 'good/bad at computers'. It's not unheard of in my area.
    It's fine with me, too.

    It's gray area that I'd change.
    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: Gray area

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Can I use "gray area" in the sentence below?

    "She is terrible at ( or 'with') using computers. It's a gray area for her."
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    Re: Gray area

    "grey area" simply does not work in that context.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Gray area

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "grey area" simply does not work in that context.
    Exactly.

    Rachel, have you looked up gray area? Do you see why it doesnt fit? Can you try to reword it?
    Last edited by GoesStation; 20-Jan-2021 at 10:46. Reason: Fix a typo.
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    Re: Gray area

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Exactly.

    Rachel, Have you looked up gray area? Do you see why it doesnt fit? Can you try to reword it?
    I did before asking my question. I was not sure if you use it to describe something we are not good at. Would "au fait" work?

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    Re: Gray area

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Would "au fait" work?
    No. That's French.
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    Re: Gray area

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    No. That's French.
    Yes, but you use it in English, don't you? https://www.collinsdictionary.com/di...nglish/au-fait

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    Re: Gray area

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Yes, but you use it in English, don't you? https://www.collinsdictionary.com/di...nglish/au-fait
    I use it in French, never in English.
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    Re: Gray area

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I use it in French, never in English.
    From Longman: "used to talk about a situation in which something is not clearly a particular thing, so that people are not sure how to deal with it"

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    Re: Gray area

    NOTE : AE gray = BE grey

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