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le-paul



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 6:39 am    Post subject: grammar q. - months Reply with quote

Assuming we were talking about having taken a trip earlier this year, what would be more correct;

a/ I went to x in March.
b/ I went to x this past March.

b seems a little convoluted to me and unnatural, but Im not sure if thats because it is a regional way of saying it.

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tardisrider



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Either sentence seems acceptable to me.

The second statement seems to emphasize that the trip being discussed was during the most recent month of March (ie, earlier this year) instead of a long-ago March. If this distinction is clear from the greater context of the conversation, then I don't see a particular need for the emphasis in the second sentence, but there's nothing about it that seems outright wrong or confusing.
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thrylos



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wouldn't 'last March' make b. sound more natural if you wanted to emphasize time?
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le-paul



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thrylos wrote:
Wouldn't 'last March' make b. sound more natural if you wanted to emphasize time?


I though that, too.

But wouldnt that suggest March of 2013 as well as/or 2014?

Anyway, thanks both
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sojusucks



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 5:22 pm    Post subject: Re: grammar q. - months Reply with quote

le-paul wrote:

a/ I went to x in March.
b/ I went to x this past March.


I think a would be simpler to learn - perhaps that is why most Chinese and Korean English students that I've met seem to use a. Option b better instructs the listener on when in the past this occurred. Correct me if I am wrong but I think that Americans and Brits use nest week a bit differently.
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The Cosmic Hum



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

le-paul wrote:
thrylos wrote:
Wouldn't 'last March' make b. sound more natural if you wanted to emphasize time?


I though that, too.

But wouldnt that suggest March of 2013 as well as/or 2014?

Anyway, thanks both

Yes...it would..bit of a grey area.
Both are acceptable, and without context, b would be most accurate.

sojusucks wrote:
Correct me if I am wrong but I think that Americans and Brits use nest week a bit differently.

Not to sure about that, but with the seasons being timed a bit differently, perhaps they have to use that week to ensure their fledglings are prepared for greater challenges once they take wing.
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denverdeath



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have to agree with most posters.

"I went to blah in March" may signify ANY March of some yr, but likely the yr we're currently in.

"I went to Blah this past March" IS pretty similar to "I went to Blah last March" or "this past March", meaning the March of THIS year. BUT, if it's January or February, we probably know it's the previous yr!

Think, at least for North Americans, it makes a bit of a difference.



I went to school on the weekend.

I went to school this weekend.

I went to school this past weekend.

I went to school last weekend.



At least for me, what day it is TODAY, makes a difference sometimes. For me, if it's Monday, usually only number 4 means the previous weekend.
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