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    #1

    for a time.

    I came down with malaria fever for a time.

    Is this sentence correct?

    If yes, what the sentence exactly means? [Particularly in regarding to the phrase `for a time']


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    Re: for a time.

    I came down with malaria for a time.

    You do not need "fever" - and the sentence indicates that you suffered from a bout of malaria which lasted for an unspecified period of time.

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    Re: for a time.

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    I came down with malaria fever for a time.

    Is this sentence correct?

    If yes, what the sentence exactly means? [Particularly in regarding to the phrase `for a time']

    'for a time' is an ellipsis from 'for a time interval', 'for a period of time'.

    to come down with a fever - to get sick and run a fever

    I don't know why the above sentence sounds awkward to me. Sounds as if saying: I got sick/fell ill...for a time.

    I would say: I was down (sick) with malaria for a/some time.

    I came down with malaria and had it for a/some time.

    Anyone??
    Last edited by bianca; 17-Jul-2007 at 20:22.


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    Re: for a time.

    Thank you friends.
    I came down with malaria for a time.

    Does this mean I came across the malaria only once so far in my life?

    I think, if I came down with malaria for more than once, I would say `I came down with malaria at times'

    Please help me.


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    Re: for a time.

    No - you are saying that you were suffering from malaria for a short period.

    There is no sense that this is the only or first time that you have suffered from it.

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