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  1. Lacretstreet's Avatar

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    Iam in doubt...

    I have some questions.

    1-Is there an exact time dividing evening from night?
    2-I heard in the TV the expression: “Give yourself a raise, will you”, is that a mild insult?
    3-Do we say USA is or USA are?
    4-Do we say family is or family are?

    Thanks a lot for your help!


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    Re: Iam in doubt...

    1. Twilight. Dusk. Sunset. Sunset would probably be the most exact. Twilight and dusk are more like longer periods of semi-darkness or fading light.
    2. It's probably sarcastic, meaning that the person has done something deserving of scorn rather than a raise.
    3. The USA (United States of America) is one country. If you are talking about the States as a collection of individual states, you might use "are". Depends on whether you want to empower the states or the federal government in your speech.
    4. I say "my family is", because I regard my family as a unit. You can say "a family" or compare "one family" with "two families", so I'm going to say "family" is singular. If you are talking about the family as a group of individuals (which suggests a plural verb), then I would say "family members".

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    Re: Iam in doubt...

    Quote Originally Posted by nonsense View Post
    1. Twilight. Dusk. Sunset. Sunset would probably be the most exact. Twilight and dusk are more like longer periods of semi-darkness or fading light.
    and twilight comes in three types, roughly half an hour apart: Civil, nautical, astronomical - useful for sailors and amateur astronomers.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/twilight
    r.


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    Re: Iam in doubt...

    Thanks for adding that, Raymott. There's also a really nice online calender you can use to show you times for sunrise, sunset and twilight each day:

    Location Selection for Sunrise Sunset Calendar

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