Idle vs. free time vs. leisure time

jokaec

Senior Member
Chinese - Hong Kong
Though his mom has passed away for 2 years, but he still feels very sad when "idle" or "free time" or "leisure time".

Are they all correct? If so, which is the best in this situation? Thank you.
 
  • The Newt

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    English - US
    Perhaps "Though his mom passed away two years ago, he still feels very sad in his idle moments."

    (Note other corrections.)
     

    sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    One can be extremely occupied during leisure time or free time and thus not likely to dwell on unfortunate past events.

    Skiing downhill at breakneck velocity, mountain climbing, skydiving, riding a roller coaster and indulging in sexual pleasures come to mind.:rolleyes::rolleyes:
     

    jokaec

    Senior Member
    Chinese - Hong Kong
    Thank you The Newt and sdgraham.
    Does "he still feels very sad in his free time." work? If so, which one is better, "idle moments" or "free time"?
     

    The Newt

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    English - US
    Thank you The Newt and sdgraham.
    Does "he still feels very sad in his free time." work? If so, which one is better, "idle moments" or "free time"?
    The same objections sdgraham has indicated above would apply to "free time." "Free time" is not necessarily time when you are idle.
     
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