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Is there a more elegant way of saying this?

He was a mathematician of the time when everyone else was illiterate in his home.

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    – user3169
    Dec 25 '16 at 19:30
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"In a time" might sound better and in fact, I think it might even be more correct in this case.

And I would change the placement of "in his home" and also change it to say "in his household" or "at home".

He was a mathematician in a time when everyone else in his household was illiterate.

He was a mathematician in a time when everyone else at home was illiterate.

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  • But I'm not sure what literacy has to do with being a mathematician here; I would not assume the two to be mutually exclusive. You could say "in a time when everyone else in his household had barely had any schooling." Dec 30 '16 at 12:37

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