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    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. Is it okay to be dressed down at a college committee meeting?

    2. Under which line item is it shown on the monthly statement?

    3. She is not at her desk right now. Would/ will it be fine with you if I ask/asked her to call you back?

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    Default Re: Are these sentences natural? November 1

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. Is it okay to be dressed down at a college committee meeting?
    Is it OK to dress down at a college committee meeting?
    Is it OK to be informally dressed at a college committe meeting?


    2. Under which line item is it shown on the monthly statement?
    That sounds OK but I don't know what the context is or if there is a particular usage attached to a particular industry.

    3. She is not at her desk right now. Would/ will it be fine with you if I ask/asked her to call you back?
    She is not at her desk right now. Would it be OK with you if I ask/asked (both are used) her to call you back?
    She is not at her desk right now. Shall I ask her to call you back?
    She is not at her desk right now. Would you like me to ask her to call you back?


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    Default Re: Are these sentences natural? November 1

    Thanks emsr2d2.


    2. Under which line item is it shown on the monthly statement?
    That sounds OK but I don't know what the context is or if there is a particular usage attached to a particular industry.
    I was talking with my phone company about a charge they billed me. I wanted to know where they show the charge on my bill.

    3. She is not at her desk right now. Would/ will it be fine with you if I ask/asked her to call you back?
    She is not at her desk right now. Would it be OK with you if I ask/asked (both are used) her to call you back?
    I thought that with "would it be OK with you if I asked her..." would make it sound like a type 2 conditional (unreal condition).

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    Default Re: Are these sentences natural? November 1

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Thanks emsr2d2.


    I was talking with my phone company about a charge they billed me. I wanted to know where they show the charge on my bill.

    Then "Where is that charge shown on my monthly bill?" would suffice.

    I thought that with "would it be OK with you if I asked her..." would make it sound like a type 2 conditional (unreal condition).

    It may well do but I can assure you that when English native speakers are speaking, they're not thinking "Oh, do I need a type 2 conditional here or not?" A lot of the time we say what feels natural as long as it's understood and in this instance, you will hear both used and no-one would be confused as to what they meant.
    See above.

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    Default Re: Are these sentences natural? November 1

    Thanks emsr2d2.

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