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Hi,

When I asked my friend about how much progress she’s made with her assignment for history, she told me that she hasn’t really started working on it yet. She said that she put it on the side and wasn’t thinking about it.

Could I use one of these to emphasize the fact that she isn’t giving it the attention she should?

“She’s been neglecting the assignment for weeks.”

“She spaced the assignment out.”

I’m not sure if you can ‘space something out’. I only know about ‘space out’.

Any other suggestions?

Thank you.

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Your friend did not "space the assignment out."
She decided to put it on the side and not do the assignment for the time being.

That is not 'spacing it out'. That is not doing it at all !

However, if she indeed were to 'space it out', and do the assignment a bit at a time, you could say "She spaced the assignment out over two months." Or "She spaced the assignment out over a two month period of time."

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Ann225“She’s been neglecting the assignment for weeks.”

Good.

Ann225“She spaced the assignment out.”

Inscrutable. It might be a poor way of saying that she is doing it in small pieces over time, but there are better ways of saying it that woud not be mystifying. She might be doing it in dribs and drabs.

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Thank you.

I know that ‘space out’ can mean ‘spread out’.

However, when a person ‘spaces out’, they stop paying attention.

That’s why I asked if it could be used in the given sentence. I was already in doubt about it being correct, but I figured that there was no harm in asking for a confirmation.

I’m sorry if I upset you.

Ann225However, when a person ‘spaces out’, they stop paying attention.

That is hippie slang, not that that's a bad thing. It applies to phenomena of much shorter duration than a semester. You space out for a few seconds during a boring lecture, for instance.

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Ann225I’m sorry if I upset you.

Why do you think you upset me?