By Saleem Ul Haq

2014-11-23 08:58:03 8 Comments

Kindly tell me about the usage of following phrases 1) Gone are the days 2) Gone were the days 3) Gone are those days 4) Gone were those days


@James Webster 2014-11-23 10:07:26

I only really use 1). It's idiomatic and used when wistfully describing something in the past.

Gone are the days when children would play outside.
Gone are the days when I could play football without worrying about my knee.

2, 3 and 4 sound odd to me, I wouldn't use them, but they are grammatical.

@Janus Bahs Jacquet 2014-11-23 11:36:10

There's nothing unidiomatic about 2, 3, and 4; they just require slightly different (and less commonly occurring) contexts.

@Carl Smith 2014-11-23 15:14:26

The OP is concerned with the usage, which, for those three variants, is negligible.

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