...what little <there is> of my spare time.

Junwei Guo

Senior Member
Chinese
"The home improvements have taken what little there is of my spare time."
1. Can I say "...what little that there is of my spare time?"
2. Can I say "...what little of my spare time there is?"
Thanks!
 
  • Junwei Guo

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    No, neither of those alternative constructions would be correct.
    "The home improvements have taken what little there is of my spare time."
    Can the sentence be split into two sentences? If so, can you split up the sentence for me?
    1. The home improvements have taken ...
    2. ??
    Thanks!
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    It's implied that the work is now finished, so I would use a past tense rather than "is", e.g. :
    The home improvements have taken up all that was left of my spare time (or: all the spare time I had left)

    But as has been said, the sentence doesn't lend itself well to being split into two.
     

    Junwei Guo

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    It's implied that the work is now finished, so I would use a past tense rather than "is", e.g. :
    The home improvements have taken up all that was left of my spare time (or: all the spare time I had left)
    Thanks, lingobingo :)
    Can I say:
    "The home improvements have taken what little there was of my spare time."?
    Thanks!
     
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