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    Default Are these sentences natural? Jan 12


    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. If anybody opposes Friday night, please let me know.

    2. Just by show of hands, how many people are interested in a karaoke event?

    3. We got be cognizant of the fact that we have done a mistake, but we should also not keep rooting about it forever.

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    Default Re: Are these sentences natural? Jan 12

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. If anybody opposes Friday night, please let me know. Natural? Not really, but would depend on context. Better to say, for example, "If any one has an objection to Friday night for the party, please.....".

    2. Just by a show of hands, how many people are interested in a karaoke event? OK

    3. We got (have to OR have got to) be cognizant of the fact that we have done made a mistake, but we should also not keep rooting (don't know about BrE but not an expression in AmE; could use/say "rehashing") about it forever.

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    Default Re: Are these sentences natural? Jan 12

    Just by a show of hands, how many people are interested in a karaoke event? OK
    Sorry to bother.....
    I think it sounds better : Just by a show of hands, how many people are interested in the karaoke event.
    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Are these sentences natural? Jan 12

    There is not necessarily a karaoke event yet, so "the" won't work unless it's already been discussed. If the speaker is raising the idea for the first time, then "a" is needed.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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