- I arrived at the station just within an inch of missing the train.
Usable but my immediate interpretation being that its caboose was parked next to the entrance and that upon your approach the train was able to accelerate with the alacrity of a rabbit
But then I presented the q to my Better Half, who is much smarter than I, whereupon she replied, "Oh no, it means you caught
it, with an inch to spare"
Now I have to figure out how that's
possible. Doubtless someone will come up with better wording
- It nearly escaped me that I have once seen her before.
Usable but doesn't quite sound okay. Maybe "I had
once seen her before" or better, "I had once seen her " or even "I'd seen her before"
"Have" is okay if you delete the "once" but don't ask me why as I'm not nearly the grammarian as some of our other participants
But I'd have to know the circumstances. If she were standing right there I might have said "I've seen her before" though more courteous, "I've surely (sure) seen you
somewhere", the "before" now a tad superfluous
Though Mom says "Surely" should come first, proving conclusively how much smarter she is
Im, you're to be congratulated for your determination and I hope we haven't tied you in knots