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    #1

    go more or less to sb

    Dictionaries say 'more or less' means 'almost' or 'about/or so'. But I read this sentence from the BNC and the 'more or less' in it seems not to mean either of the two meanings:
    I used to go more or less t'my grandparents, almost every day.

    What do the phrase 'more or less' mean? Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.

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    #2

    Re: go more or less to sb

    Hi,

    You don't need the two in the same sentence.

    I used to go to my grandparents, almost every day.

    I used to go to my grandparents, more or less, every day.

    More often than not, I would go to my grandparents daily.

    Frank

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    Re: go more or less to sb

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Dictionaries say 'more or less' means 'almost' or 'about/or so'. But I read this sentence from the BNC and the 'more or less' in it seems not to mean either of the two meanings:
    I used to go more or less t'my grandparents, almost every day.

    What do the phrase 'more or less' mean? Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.
    It still means the same thing.
    "I used to go my grandparents more or less every day".
    Remember that not all native speakers speak perfect (or even good) English.
    (I understand that this is a quote from spoken English?)
    Last edited by Raymott; 27-Oct-2008 at 21:46.


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    #4

    Re: go more or less to sb

    Flittle

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    #5

    Re: go more or less to sb

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Flittle
    Yes, Flittle did a marvellous job, much better than mine, and I think you're quite right to enter the thread to give accolades where they are due.
    Last edited by Raymott; 28-Oct-2008 at 05:37.

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    #6

    Re: go more or less to sb

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    What do the phrase 'more or less' mean? Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.
    I think you should go for standard English than native English speaker. The native English speakers are not much educated and they have problems using good grammar and even their teachers also use some obscure form of grammar. You must go for standard usage of English which is followed world over and not ape the "natives" and their pmpous "native teachers".

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