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    2 questions.

    1. Please edit this sentence"The idioms,its etymology,and how do you use them? should it be " the idioms, their etymologies, and how do you use them?" I'm sorry, I'm not sure if the word etymology has its plural form, which is etymologies.

    2. "There are times that nobody can give you a definite answer" Should I change it to when? When i use the expression "there are times" should I always use when? Is it possible to use that?

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    #2

    Re: 2 questions.

    1 Idioms, their etymology and how you use them.
    2 You could use either, but I'd use 'when'.

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    #3

    Re: 2 questions.

    oh thanks!^^

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    Re: 2 questions.

    Quote Originally Posted by chum View Post
    1. Please edit this sentence"The idioms,its etymology,and how do you use them? should it be " the idioms, their etymologies, and how do you use them?" I'm sorry, I'm not sure if the word etymology has its plural form, which is etymologies.

    2. "There are times that nobody can give you a definite answer" Should I change it to when? When i use the expression "there are times" should I always use when? Is it possible to use that?

    Thanks!
    You could also use "the idioms, their etymologies...".

    I would use the plural of "etymology" since they have different etymologies.

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    Re: 2 questions.

    oh wait. I'm now confused. But are both correct? "the idioms, their etymology/ the idioms their etymologies...really confusing.

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    Re: 2 questions.

    Quote Originally Posted by chum View Post
    oh wait. I'm now confused. But are both correct? "the idioms, their etymology/ the idioms their etymologies...really confusing.
    I understand. Some ares of English are governed by personal preference more than by rules.

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