Talk:let alone

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Rfv-sense: ({idiom, proscribed) (where the second element is more likely than, or implies, the first) or even / I doubt if there are twenty, let alone ten.

And then there's the question of who proscribes it. DCDuring TALK 20:53, 15 October 2009 (UTC)

RFV failed, sense removed. I'm pretty sure I have heard people misuse this expression in the way described, but it's rare enough, and wrong enough, that I don't really mind our failing to cover it. :-P   —RuakhTALK 18:10, 27 February 2010 (UTC)


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let alone [edit]

RfD Verb: "to leave alone". I believe that this is both less commonly used than and aesthetically inferior to leave alone. If we are going to include NISoP terms as translations targets, then we should include preferentially the better and more common ones and discourage translation effort being dissipated on inferior and less common ones. The rationale would be something akin to the aesthetic and frequency considerations for the Phrasebook. DCDuring TALK 02:23, 14 July 2010 (UTC)

But is this NISoP? The meaning is arguably compositional, but the grammar is odd. Can let take a noun plus any other adjective or adverb as its complement? —RuakhTALK 03:04, 14 July 2010 (UTC)
"Let" licenses "loose" and "free" too. DCDuring TALK 14:42, 17 August 2010 (UTC)
Perhaps keep per the reasonable doubt test. Mglovesfun (talk) 13:41, 17 August 2010 (UTC)
Keep. I think I was wrong. {{trans-see}} addresses the aesthetic objection. DCDuring TALK 14:42, 17 August 2010 (UTC)

Kept. Mglovesfun (talk) 00:08, 12 November 2010 (UTC)