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meaning of 'back and forth' #1 (permalink) Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:05 am   meaning of 'back and forth'
 

What is the meaning of 'back and fourth'?? I really want to know how to use this phrase.
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meaning of 'back and forth' #2 (permalink) Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:54 am   meaning of 'back and forth'
 

back and fourth : moving first in one direction and then in the opposite one

you travel Spain back and fourth = you go to Spain, then you leave. After that, you go to Spain again and leave.....
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meaning of 'back and forth' #3 (permalink) Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:22 am   meaning of 'back and forth'
 

Thank you very much for your answer!! :D I got it clearer!!
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meaning of 'back and forth' #4 (permalink) Wed Sep 08, 2010 23:56 pm   meaning of 'back and forth'
 

It's back and forth.
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meaning of 'back and forth' #5 (permalink) Thu Sep 09, 2010 0:21 am   meaning of 'back and forth'
 

Also:
back and fore
to and fro
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meaning of 'back and forth' #6 (permalink) Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:02 am   meaning of 'back and forth'
 

back and fore?

really?

And it is most certainly back and forth, not fourth, nor third or fifth
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meaning of 'back and forth' #7 (permalink) Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:34 am   meaning of 'back and forth'
 

"Back and fore" is new to me, too. Wasn't that "fore and aft"?
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meaning of 'back and forth' #8 (permalink) Thu Sep 09, 2010 7:13 am   meaning of 'back and forth'
 

'Fore and aft' is another one.

'Back and fore' is not the standard traditional pairing, but it is in common use so I thought the user ought to know about the possibility of seeing it.
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meaning of 'back and forth' #9 (permalink) Thu Sep 09, 2010 8:14 am   meaning of 'back and forth'
 

I see. Thank you!
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meaning of 'back and forth' #10 (permalink) Thu Sep 09, 2010 16:30 pm   meaning of 'back and forth'
 

Thanks for each and every answer!! it helps me a lot^^
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meaning of 'back and forth' #11 (permalink) Tue Sep 14, 2010 4:39 am   meaning of 'back and forth'
 

I'm curious to know where it is commonly used. In Canada, I have never heard "back and fore".

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meaning of 'back and forth' #12 (permalink) Tue Sep 14, 2010 7:04 am   meaning of 'back and forth'
 

I live in Britain. I don't know how widespread it is, but I've heard it in common use all my life in this area.
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meaning of 'back and forth' #13 (permalink) Tue Sep 14, 2010 23:51 pm   meaning of 'back and forth'
 

Makes sense, I figured it was from Britain.

Well this was a nice back and forth conversation, I certainly learned something.
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