Which one is correct ? I mean should we use "THE" between "in" and "appropriate" or not ?


No "the". It isn't wrong but you already have a descriptor for time in appropriate. The stress should be on appropriate and "the" would take a little away from it. Also try not to use words that don't add to your sentence.


"At the appropriate time" may be more appropriate the either - what's the context?

  • It's formal and about ACM computing contests . I want to say that the server should respond to the solutions in appropriate time . Sep 10 '13 at 14:46
  • Then maybe within an appropriate time. My at... wouldn't suit as you're talking about elapsed time, rather than a fixed time as I was thinking of.
    – Chris H
    Sep 10 '13 at 14:49
  • Oh, it's a computer term. Like in polynomial time. So do you mean "appropriate" in the sense of "fast enough", or do you mean "appropriate" in the sense of "what is predicted by theory"? If it's the last, then perhaps a more descriptive and less judgemental term than "appropriate" would be better. Perhaps a phrase. Sep 10 '13 at 14:50
  • Thank you john ! I mean "fast enough" , I think the "appropriate" would suit the article ! Thanks! Sep 10 '13 at 14:53

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