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ziawj2

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My student's telephone does not work. She wrote to the landlord and wanted her to take a look at it. She wrote:
I am at home every night so you can come by anytime.

I do not think the language is proper. She wrote 'every night' and 'anytime' for it may cause ambiguousness. So could I advise her to change the sentence to:
I am at home after 18:00, so you could come before 20:00.

What's your opinion?
 

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My student's telephone does not work. She wrote to the landlord and wanted her to take a look at it. She wrote:
I am at home every night so you can come by anytime.

I do not think the language is proper. She wrote 'every night' and 'anytime' for it may cause ambiguousness. So could I advise her to change the sentence to:
I am at home after 18:00, so you could come before 20:00.

What's your opinion? Yes, I agree. "Anytime" would suggest up until midnight, which I don't think is what your student would intend.

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My student's telephone does not work. She wrote to the landlord and wanted her to take a look at it. She wrote:
I am at home every night so you can come by anytime.

I do not think the language is proper. She wrote 'every night' and 'anytime' for it may cause ambiguousness. So could I advise her to change the sentence to:
I am at home after 18:00, so you could come before 20:00.

What's your opinion?
Maybe there's nothing wrong with the phone and she's just making a play for the landlord?
 

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I don't think many landlords/landladies would turn up at midnight so I don't think there's too much danger of ambiguity in the original. I would have been happy with:

I'm home every evening from 6pm so please come any time after that.
 
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