Suppose I spent my holiday visiting a city for 10 days, but I stayed in the hotel for 8 days since the bad weather.

Could I say:

"I visited the city, but I stayed most of the time in the hotel"

Does this sound natural?

  • @BoldBen, if you turn your comment into an answer, it will get my vote. – Prester John Sep 24 '16 at 5:43
  • @BoldBen, thanks for the comments. I really appreciate your explanation for the correction, which helps me to have some sense to avoid the similar errors. Also the explanation for the difference between since and because of is excellent. So, as John suggested, could you move your comment into the answer, which may be easier to be noticed by others. – Neil Sep 24 '16 at 7:40

I would phrase it as "... most of the time I stayed in the hotel" or "... I stayed in the hotel for most of the time". The way you wrote it the phrase 'most of the time' interferes with the main part of the clause which is 'I stayed in the hotel'.

By the way I would use because of rather than since in the first part of your question. Since used in this way can't really have just a noun as the reason, it needs at least a verb as well; for example since the weather was bad or since I sprained my ankle; however you can also say because the weather was bad. As I hope you can see from the last suggestion because can replace since but there are cases where since cannot replace because for the reason given above.

Since is a good alternative where it is valid because it is shorter but, if in doubt use because or because of.

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Most of the time = the majority of the available time in question. Your usage is the same to me no matter how you order the phrasing.

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Your sentence is correct, but I would like to rephrase it.

"I visited the city, but I spent most of my time in the hotel."

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  • yes, spend sounds better. – Neil Sep 24 '16 at 7:42
  • Agreed. "Stayed in the hotel" is most often used to indicate where one slept rather than where one spent their whole day. If one goes to a city and "stays in a hotel", it does not imply never going outside, it implies renting a room and sleeping at the hotel (as opposed to a campsite, or a friend's house, for example). "Spending time" in the hotel, on the other hand, implies spending waking hours at the hotel. – Mark Thompson Sep 24 '16 at 9:35

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