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    musicgold is offline Senior Member
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    Are these sentences natural? Jan 11


    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. Believe me, I am not trying to take a shot at the issue; I have accepted it as fait accompli.

    2. I am sorry, I think you might have reached the wrong number.

    3. Yes, her having around will hopefully take some load off my plate. (I was talking about a new colleague)

    Thanks,
    MG.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? Jan 11

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear? Not in NA. You're mixing your metaphors.

    1. Believe me, I am not trying to take a shot at the issue; I have accepted it as a fait accompli. We don't 'take a shot at the issue', we 'take a shot' at a solution (try to fix it) or we 'take a shot' at someone (insult them or otherwise try to cause psychological injury).

    2. I am sorry, I think you might have reached the wrong number.

    3. Yes, her having her around will hopefully take some load off my plate. (I was talking about a new colleague). We don't have a load 'on our plate'. We might say, "...take a load off my back." or "...take some things off my plate." or "...take some of the load off me."

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? Jan 11

    Thanks JKT.

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