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    Default Are these sentences natural? November 2


    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. Do you want to try a hand? ( I invited a friend to play a board game)

    2. How far back in the past can I get the data? ( I was looking at the population data of a city. I wanted to know what is the oldest data I can get.)

    3. How far back in history can this data go?

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    Default Re: Are these sentences natural? November 2

    1 I would use hand for cards not board games.
    2 I would use the question for #3
    3 I would use does

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    Default Re: Are these sentences natural? November 2

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. Do you want to try a hand? ( I invited a friend to play a board game)

    2. How far back in the past can I get the data? ( I was looking at the population data of a city. I wanted to know what is the oldest data I can get.)

    3. How far back in history can this data go?

    Thanks,
    MG.
    1. Like Tdol, I would use "a hand" for card games, not board games. Perhaps "Would you like to join in?" or "Do you want to have a go?" or "Would you like to play Monopoly/Scrabble etc?"

    2. How far back does the data go (and can I access it)?

    3. How far back does this data go?

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    Default Re: Are these sentences natural? November 2

    Thanks folks.

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