Posted by Lotg on June 12, 2004
In Reply to: What indeed? posted by Smokey Stover on June 12, 2004
: : I am unable to figure what is best for the items below, your help is welcome:
: : "once in a while" or "once in awhile"
: : If both are OK, is there any difference in the meaning?
: : And giving directions, I am lost between:
: : "...take Maple Street on your left"
: : "...take Maple Street to your left"
: : or
: : "...make a left on Maple Street"
: : "...make a left to Maple Street"
: : Thank you very much, have a good day/week-end.
: Once in a while. (If "while" can be parsed as a noun, then do so.) Maple Street, on your left (assuming starting location is correctly noted). Maple Street, to your left (assuming etc.) Make a left [turn] on[to] Maple Street. All above are correct. Incorrect: "Left to Maple Street." This is correct only if there is some intervening information not stated here. (E.g., left on Bumpy Road to Maple Street, then hang a right.) SS
Smokey/Michel, some of this also depends on where you come from. While Smokey's reply appears to be absolutely technically correct to me, there's also a 'local speak' angle here. eg. all of these sound American to me. We (as in the older we), probably wouldn't say any of these things.
Here (in Aus) we'd say, "turn left at Maple Street". I don't think we 'take' and 'make' as much in these situations as Americans do - he he. We might also say, "take the Maple street turnoff on the left", which is about the closest we'd get to these examples. Although with TV having so much influence, our kids are probably speaking this way.