Would you please help me with the following sentences?
1) One month after he turns 65, he will retire and buy a house at / on (?) the beach. (Can both prepositions be used here? Would they give a different meaning to the sentence ?)
Same meaning, on preferred, could use at for a specific beach
2) The last bus gets to the station at ten to eleven. (is "to" a preposition? Does somebody know where the expression comes from?)
idiom: ten to = ten before the hour, as opposed to ten after.
3) When / If things go wrong…. (are both conjunctions correct here?
Could somebody tell me what we can say next?)
If is a conditional indicating sequence. No inference of how probable the if clause is.
When infers high probability almost certainty.
4) Since his son’s arrest, two days before, he hadn’t slept very much . (is “two days ago” possible too?)
both OK, prefer ago myself
5) Could somebody give me an interesting sentence with the expression 'prim and proper', please ?
Can't, always seems to be used to describe women and imply they who are prudish and possibly puritanical.
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