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    Smile "He is not ambitious; he only expects a passing grade in every course."

    He is not ambitious; he only expects a passing grade in every course.
    I came across this sentence on another forum for EFL learners.
    This sentence is said to fail to achieve coherence.

    Mmm...what's wrong with it?
    To my dismay, I cannot quite figure out the reason.


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    Default Re: "He is not ambitious; he only expects a passing grade in every course."

    Bump...


    Is there anything wrong in this sentence:
    He is not ambitious; he only expects a passing grade in every course.
    No matter in terms of grammar or style or something else.

    But I don't anything grammatically wrong in the sentence.

    Thank you. =)

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    Default Re: "He is not ambitious; he only expects a passing grade in every course."

    I see absolutely nothing wrong with the quote.

    Maybe the person criticizing it wanted more specific examples of how the person it is describing is an underachiever.

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    Default Re: "He is not ambitious; he only expects a passing grade in every course."

    It could be said sarcastically, implying that a passing grade is excessively ambitious for one so intellectually challenged.

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