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    Post it is when or it is the time when

    im a bit confused here..

    which is grammatically correct?
    spring is when flowers bloom
    or
    spring is the time when flowers bloom...

    help teachers..
    thanks..

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    Re: it is when or it is the time when

    Quote Originally Posted by spica View Post
    im a bit confused here..

    Which is grammatically correct?
    Spring is when flowers bloom
    Or
    spring is the time when flowers bloom... using "the time" and "when" together is redundant.

    help teachers..
    Thanks..
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    Re: it is when or it is the time when

    May I add...

    If you want to sound poetic, say "In spring the flowers bloom".

    "In spring it is the dawn... in summer, the nights..." (Sei Shonagon, Pillow Book, tr. Ivan Morris).

    I'm sorry, I just couldn't resist thinking of that....

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