Student or Learner
In my textbook，one of Captain Bligh's sailors wrote:
...In addition, the captain kept us all busy reading the tables to work out our position. Although this took a great deal of time, it didn't matter. Time was, after all, what we had a lot of!
Well, I've never read such a sentence with words in such a strange order.
What do you native speakers think of this strange sentence?
Thank you in advance.
Last edited by joham; 12-Sep-2008 at 02:09. Reason: a second thought.
You can say and write "We have/had a lot of time".
You could say that if you wanted to be fancy and dramatic, and people will understand it. It isn't strange, except when someone tries to work it into everyday conversation. I could see myself using that phrase when I want to be sarcastic with someone (like if we didn't really have a lot of time, or they were particularly slow about something).