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    Cool back and forth

    Would it be correct in English to say "Narrative plait going back and forth through dates and continents..." in the sense of a story which constantly jumps from era to era and from place to place from different continents?

    Does it sound English? Would you say it in a different manner?

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    Re: back and forth

    Back and forth is fine in this, but Narrative plait is not.

    The narrative constantly [goes/jumps/leaps] back and forth....

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    Cool Re: back and forth

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Back and forth is fine in this, but Narrative plait is not.

    The narrative constantly [goes/jumps/leaps] back and forth....
    Sorry, my fault. What I wanted to say is not "story" or " narrative" but "narrative plait", that's to say the interwoven elements making up a story. Can not be said the sentence in this sense with back and forth, then?

    Thank You and excuse me, again

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    Re: back and forth

    I thought that was what you intended, but it does not quite work.

    You could try " the interwoven narrative goes back and forth..." or "the plaited narrative goes back and forth...", either of which would be fine

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    Re: back and forth

    How about: "The narrative's thread weaves back and forth...."

    Narrative and plait don't really gel together, but above is the best I can do to bring out the plait/weaving concept.

    Hope this helps

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