Time & timing

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Someone tries to say what I do not want to hear and what is not appropriate, which sentence is natural to you?

This is not a good time to talk about it. VS. This is not a good timing to talk about it.

I think the second is correct but I also have heard the first one used. What do you think? Thank you so much as always and have a good day.

asked Feb 27 '13 at 12:21 Hans Contributor

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1) The first sentence you used --- "This is not a good time to talk about it." is correct as is. However, if you'd like to use the word "timing" instead, you'll need to change the sentence structure. For example: "What you want to discuss is valid but your timing is poor." or "I'd love to discuss about it but this is bad timing."2) These two sentences ("This is not a good time to talk about it." and "What you want to discuss is valid but your timing is poor.") give different connotations. While the first sentence, makes it sound like the time or other activities are hindering the discussion, the second sentence kind of makes it sound that it's someone's fault --- like you should have selected a better time / planned things better / had more presence of mind while choosing the time and place. All the same the first sentence too can sound rude, if said in a brusque tone.3) This sentence on the other hand demonstrates willingness and is polite --- "I'd love to discuss about it but this is bad timing."

link comment answered Mar 07 at 16:28 Gifty New member

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