[General] using "in extremis"

Status
Not open for further replies.

mksarma

Member
Joined
Dec 14, 2012
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Telugu
Home Country
India
Current Location
India
Is this the right usage for the phrase "in extremis"? My intention is to say: they brought a near dead man into the house.
"They brought him in in an in extremis condition."

Thanks
 

5jj

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Oct 14, 2010
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
Czech Republic
Current Location
Czech Republic
You can't say that. Actually, few native speakers would use 'in extremis' at all. If they did, they'd say something like, "When they brought the man in, he was in extremis.
 

harshraj

Member
Joined
Mar 11, 2013
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Hindi
Home Country
India
Current Location
India
can we use "in extremis" instead of "critical" ?
 

5jj

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Oct 14, 2010
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
Czech Republic
Current Location
Czech Republic
I would recommend that you didn't use 'in extremis' at all. Quite a few native speakers would not understand what you meant by it.
 

mksarma

Member
Joined
Dec 14, 2012
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Telugu
Home Country
India
Current Location
India
"When they brought the man in, he was in extremis."

How can we write this in active voice please? I mean without using "was"?

Thanks
 

5jj

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Oct 14, 2010
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
Czech Republic
Current Location
Czech Republic
The two verbs in that sentence are active,
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top