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    #1

    all the day

    I was on this forum all the day yesterday.

    I think this sentence has two meanings,
    (1) I was on this forum from "the one midnight 12 o'clock to other day midnight 12 o'clock i.e. 24 hours." Because literally a day means 24 hours, I think.

    (2) I was on this forum until the dark began.

    What would you think?

    Please help me.

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    #2

    Re: all the day

    If I say I was on the forum all day yesterday that doesn't mean that every minute of the day I was sitting at my computer reading posts or responding to posts. What that does mean is that morning, afternoon and evening I was on the computer and reading posts or responding to them. However, I may have taken breaks to go to the bathroom, eat, nap, or watch TV.


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    Re: all the day

    But I think, on this forum means (you are log in in this forum) though you go off for a while.

    Would you log out every time you go to nap, watch video, etc.?

    If I say, I was in this forum all day yesterday, (I would understand it as, "I was reading and writing posts i.e. active in this forum all day yesterday".

    Please help me.

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    #4

    Re: all the day

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    But I think, on this forum means (you are log in in this forum) though you go off for a while.

    Would you log out every time you go to nap, watch video, etc.?
    I don't. Maybe you do, but I don't.

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    If I say, I was in this forum all day yesterday, (I would understand it as, "I was reading and writing posts i.e. active in this forum all day yesterday".
    Yes. I agree. But, of course, "all day" doesn't mean I am doing it every minute.

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