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    musicgold is offline Senior Member
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    Default Are these sentences natural? May 31

    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. I have never heard of that name / heard that name
    2. Please put it on my tab.


    3. It must not be his first time in the town, right? So, he would know his way around here. ( I was talking about a visitor)


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    Default Re: Are these sentences natural? May 31

    1. I have never heard of that name / heard that name
    I could say that "never heard of" means "never had any indication that that name exists", and "never heard" means "I've not heard that name spoken". But maybe this is inventing a difference that isn't there in normal speech. I think most people would mean the same by both phrases: "I haven't come across that name before, in any form".

    2. Please put it on my tab.
    This is fine.

    3. It must not be his first time in the town, right? So, he would know his way around here.
    This sounds alright, but I think "It cannot/can't be his first time in town, right? So,Ö" might be slightly more natural.

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    Default Re: Are these sentences natural? May 31

    Thanks JMurray,
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    3. It must not be his first time in the town, right? So, he would know his way around here.
    This sounds alright, but I think "It cannot/can't be his first time in town, right? So,…" might be slightly more natural.
    One of my friends' brother is in town and the friend is not able to spend time with him as she is busy at work. Does your sentence work in that context?

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    Default Re: Are these sentences natural? May 31

    One of my friends' brother The brother of a friend is in town and the friend is not able to spend time with him as she is busy at work. Does your sentence work in that context?

    Both of our examples would work. A natural conversation might go:
    "My brother's coming for the weekend, but I'm going to be too busy to go out anywhere".
    "Well, it can't be his first time in town, right? He's a regular visitor, he should know his way around".

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