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    Default Are these sentences natural? April 11

    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. I don’t know what grade kids they were.

    2. What grade kids were they?

    3. What, you didn’t like my pumping of the idea? ( was joking with a colleague)


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    You might hear 1 and 2. I think they sound clumsy, and I would not write them. Better to both write and say (in my opinion) would be "I don't know what grade those kids were in?" or "What grade were the/those kids in?"

    I don't know what you mean by "pumping." Can you different words?
    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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    Default Re: Are these sentences natural? April 11

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You might hear 1 and 2. I think they sound clumsy, and I would not write them. Better to both write and say (in my opinion) would be "I don't know what grade those kids were in?" or "What grade were the/those kids in?"
    I was asked this question and I didn't know the answer: Were those grade 5 or grade 6 kids?
    How should I have answered the question?

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    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    I was asked this question and I didn't know the answer: Were those grade 5 or grade 6 kids?
    How should I have answered the question?
    Just, "I don't know."
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: Are these sentences natural? April 11

    In the US, you'd say "They were in fifth grade" or "They were in sixth grade."
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    In the US, you'd say "They were in fifth grade" or "They were in sixth grade."
    We English admit our ignorance.

    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: Are these sentences natural? April 11

    Well, granted, I was going out on a limb by expecting that you knew the answer... but we'd say "they were in [the] 5th grade" not "they were grade 5 kids."
    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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    Default Re: Are these sentences natural? April 11

    Thanks guys.

    I am still confused. Yes I could have said, "I don't know", but I wanted to say a bit more than that. Which one of the following is more appropriate?

    1b. I don't know which grade they were.

    1c. I don't know which grade they were in.

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    I would say "in."
    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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