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    Verona_82 is offline Senior Member
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    Default not sure whether my sentences sound natural

    Dear native speakers,

    do all the sentences below sound natural to you?

    A true friend will always lend you a helping hand in an emergency.
    A true friend never sees/notices your mistakes.
    A true friend will never break off your family relationships.
    A true friend will never ruin your marriage.
    A true friend will always help you out if you get into hot water.

    I've underlined the words that make me feel doubtful; I haven't found them in my Collocations dictionary, and I hope they don't sound awkward.

    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Default Re: not sure whether my sentences sound natural

    Hello,

    3 & 4 sound odd since there seems no immediate way in which a friend could break off or ruin your family relationships or marriage. Only You can break off a relationship or ruin your marriage.

    The others all seem fine.

    Regards

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    Default Re: not sure whether my sentences sound natural

    Thank you, Richard,

    the idea in 3 & 4 was put forward by a lady whose ex-girl friend fled the city with her husband. Her friend has really ruined her marriage... Perhaps I should have used some other words to express that

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