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Michael IELTS Band 9
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Everyday UK Expressions (9): time permitting / weather permitting

Weather permitting / time permitting

“I will do some gardening this afternoon, weather permitting.”

“I will clear out all my rubbish from the garage at the weekend, time permitting.”

Perhaps you have already got the feeling for this expression which is normally used in the context of plans.

The expression is used mainly with “time” and “weather”, and I recommend that you start using the expression only with “time” and “weather”.  However, you if you are feeling creative, you can also humorously invent other expressions e.g.

“I will meet you for a drink at the Black Horse after work, wife permitting.”

I look forward to seeing your efforts later in the day, time permitting!

Sep 27, 2016 8:20 AM
Comments · 7

Thanks, Andrew, for your nice comment.

Natalia and Sudeep - your examples are great. 

Sudeep, you are right: noun + permitting = if noun permits. It's a more expressive variant.

"mood permitting" is very good albeit expressive and unusual.  However, it could indicate that you are an unpredictable, moody type!  However, in some particular situations, most of us can be like this. If you said it, you would probably elicit a wry smile!

September 27, 2016
I am enjoying this series, Michael.  It's a really good idea.
September 27, 2016

I will try to learn some new words,mood permitting.

I'll go and may write a notebook,time permitting.

But I've a doubt that is it not necessary to use "If" here like-If time permits,I would like to meet you again.

Thank you @Michael for a nice lesson again:)

September 27, 2016

Thank you very much @Michael for clearing my doubt:)

And yes, I LOLed when you said  unpredictable, moody type!! because sometimes, I think so of myself but more the former one:):)

Thank you:)

September 27, 2016

 A new idiom to learn. That's great. Here's my sentence:

The school trip to the ancient city of Sabratha was absolutely great. We will take the students on another trip next week, time permitting!

Thank you.  

September 27, 2016
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Michael IELTS Band 9
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