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    meaning of "for time being"

    i suppose you can, but there is simpler to say :
    I have had malaria / jaundice. As for AIDS , you cannot say I`ve had AIDS because this disease is not curable for the time being , so, the most appropriate sentence might be I have AIDS or I suffer from HIV / AIDS.

    Could you tell me what the parts in bold means in this context? I can guess it as, "for ever", but I am not sure.

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    Re: meaning of "for time being"

    Things will be like that for the moment or for a period of time. The phrase implies things may change in the future. That’s, we may find a cure for Aids in the future.


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    Re: meaning of "for time being"

    Thank you Buddhaheart.
    So can I say, "I could fast for the time being"?; "I can hold the heavy machine on my hands for the time being".
    Last edited by user_gary; 28-Aug-2007 at 07:49.

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    Re: meaning of "for time being"

    If you mean ‘temporarily’, ‘at the moment’, ‘for the present’, ‘until some other arrangement is made’ or ‘for a period of time’ in "I could fast for the time being", it’ll fly theoretically. You might be better off to say I could fast for the next x # of weeks or so. Frankly, I’ve trouble understanding the intent of the sentence.

    Again your 2nd sentence looks fine. It’d be good if you could provide more context.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddhaheart View Post
    If you mean ‘temporarily’, ‘at the moment’, ‘for the present’, ‘until some other arrangement is made’ or ‘for a period of time’ in "I could fast for the time being", it’ll fly theoretically. You might be better off to say I could fast for the next x # of weeks or so. Frankly, I’ve trouble understanding the intent of the sentence.

    Again your 2nd sentence looks fine. It’d be good if you could provide more context.

    Hi buddhaheart, I just want to say thank you, you are a big help!!!

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