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Thread #132499   Message #4081322
Posted By: leeneia
29-Nov-20 - 01:30 PM
Thread Name: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
If the professor has been researching Covid, he may be absolutely exhausted and can be forgiven a lapse in diction, perhaps a reversion to his childhood speech. There's no reason to accuse him of not thinking.

I believe a simple "If we had taken precautions in December..." would convey what he meant.