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    correct expressions

    Hi,

    I have several questions concerning the highlighted parts of following sentence:

    As far as the initial delay from the airport is concerned, none of us was truly informed about the reasons and expected duration of the delay. Already when I returned the car keys to local car rental, I asked at the Enquiries whether the plane would depart according to the flight schedule. If they informed me about the delay, I would keep the car and we could use the time more purposefully (if only because of the child).

    1) truly - is it correctly used meaning "according to the truth"?
    2) I know that "already" is not the right expression here, but how can I express that it was "early enough"?
    3) Would the "third conditional" be correct here? (If they had informed me, I would have kept)
    4) Is purposefully the right expression?

    Thank you so much.

    Hanka


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    Re: correct expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by Hanka View Post
    Hi,

    I have several questions concerning the highlighted parts of following sentence:

    As far as the initial delay from the airport is concerned, none of us was truly informed about the reasons and expected duration of the delay. Already when I returned the car keys to local car rental, I asked at the Enquiries whether the plane would depart according to the flight schedule. If they informed me about the delay, I would keep the car and we could use the time more purposefully (if only because of the child).

    1) truly - is it correctly used meaning "according to the truth"?
    2) I know that "already" is not the right expression here, but how can I express that it was "early enough"?
    3) Would the "third conditional" be correct here? (If they had informed me, I would have kept)
    4) Is purposefully the right expression?

    Thank you so much.

    Hanka
    The first sentence is fine.

    The second one I would rephrase "Before I returned the car keys to to the local care rental company, I asked at Enquiries whether the plane would depart according to schedule. If they had informed me of the delay, I could have kept the car and made use of the time (if only because of the child)."

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