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Hi,

Before using a certain expression in English I usually google it in quotes to check the frequency of its usage. Now I know the meaning of "cutting corners" but somehow can't find the usage I want to put in an example for my students.
What I want to express is the idea that someone wasn't really diligent when preparing their raport, and just did it quickly.

How do I put it using the expression "to cut corners".

My ideas were:
I had to cut corners on the report.
I had to cut corners preparing the report.
I had to cut corners with the report.
I had to cut corners when preparing the report.

When googling the above I get either zero or very few results. What's the mistake with these sentences?

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Karol Silski 5217What I want to express is the idea that someone wasn't really diligent when preparing their report, and just did it quickly. How do I put it using the expression "to cut corners"?

Whoever wrote this report was obviously cutting corners.


Instead of using "to cut corners" to describe a carelessly assembled report, you can say that the report was written in a [slipshod, slapdash, shoddy] manner.

CJ

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You don't normally have to cut corners. To cut corners is to knowingly fail to adhere to regulations, to knowingly skimp and to knowingly execute poorly. It is an offense, not a method.

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Thank you CalifJim. Would you be able to explain to me why the sentences I wrote are incorrect?

Karol Silski 5217

Thank you CalifJim. Would you be able to explain to me why the sentences I wrote are incorrect?

They are not incorrect. The grammar is fine. They just don't precisely express the idea that someone wasn't really diligent when preparing their report, which was your original question as I understood it.

CJ

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