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Thread: Ago and other temporal adverbs

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  1. #12
    practical experience, FTW
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    Nov 2017
    Like Bufty, I use it in indirect thought, as a way to close the narrative distance, along with expressions like (written on the fly):

    'From here, it would be at least three miles.'
    'Now, he couldn't remember what he'd ever seen in her.'
    'Sure, they could try to build a catapult, but did Bob really think it would work?'

    To me, 'ago' has the same colloquial feel and tightens up the narrative distance much more tidily than 'previously.' But I'd use one or the other, depending on the purpose of the sentence.
    Last edited by Patty; 09-04-2019 at 12:03 AM.

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