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    Default Are these sentences natural? March 11

    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. But remember, to stay home doesn’t mean just watching TV all day.

    2. I wouldn’t mind if you had read the book and then criticized it.

    3. I feel that all it is is a cash grab.

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    Default Re: Are these sentences natural? March 11

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. But remember, to stay home doesn’t mean just watching TV all day.

    I'd write, 1. "Staying home doesn't mean just watching TV all day." or
    2. "To stay home doesn't mean to watch TV all day."
    Can you see the parallelism? This isn't absolutely necessary, but 1. is better.

    The ones below are OK.


    2. I wouldn’t mind if you had read the book and then criticized it.

    3. I feel that all it is is a cash grab.

    Thanks,

    MG.
    R.

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