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    Are these sentences natural? March 8

    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. My numbers have reconciled to theirs.

    2. I am not able to reconcile to the announced number.


    3. Does I calling you, and not my boss, offends you anyway?


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    Re: Are these sentences natural? March 8

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. My numbers have reconciled to theirs.

    2. I am not able to reconcile to the announced number.


    3. Does I calling you, and not my boss, offends you anyway?


    Thanks,
    MG
    No, the first two are unnatural and the third one is wrong.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? March 8

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. My numbers have reconciled to theirs. No. Preference #1, "My numbers have been reconciled with theirs." OR #2, "My numbers are reconciled with theirs."

    2. I am not able to reconcile with to the announced (?) number. How about "...the number provided".

    3. Does I my calling you, and not rather than my boss, offends you? anyway?

    Thanks,
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    Re: Are these sentences natural? March 8

    Does me calling you, rather than my boss, offends you? - is it also correct?

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? March 8

    Quote Originally Posted by spongie View Post
    Does me calling you, rather than my boss, offends offend you? - is it also correct?
    Yes, with "offend".

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? March 8

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    3. Does I my calling you, and not rather than my boss, offends you? anyway?.
    I feel that if we use 'my calling' in the phase clause, then we should use 'my boss' ' in the second clause. I am trying to match a gerund phrase with another. Is that right?

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? March 8

    3. Does I my calling you, rather than my boss, offend you?
    This is correct grammatically.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? March 8

    There is ambiguity in the sentence. Am I calling you instead of calling my boss? Or am I calling you instead of my boss being the person to call you? In context, there would not be ambiguity - the person hearing it would know the situation and understand what was being said, but without context, I don't know.
    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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    Re: Are these sentences natural? March 8

    There is ambiguity in the sentence. Am I calling you instead of calling my boss? Or am I calling you instead of my boss being the person to call you?
    I called a person and the person said where my boss was. He wanted to know why my boss didn't call him. That is why I asked that question.
    I am confused because, I feel "my boss' calling" (an apostrophe after boss) parallels with "my calling" better than does "my boss calling"

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? March 8

    You're right - "my boss's calling" is parallel to "my calling."

    However your sentence could be understood to read "instead of my boss being the person to call you."
    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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