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    Default general question

    My sentence:
    "I do not want anything to get lost." For example pieces of lego ;)

    thanks!

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    Default Re: general question

    Quote Originally Posted by Prple View Post
    My sentence:
    "I do not want anything to get lost." For example pieces of lego ;)

    thanks!
    And the "general question" is?

    Please try to give your threads meaningful titles. If "to get lost" (for instance) is giving you a headache here, I suggest you use that as the thread title.

    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Default Re: general question

    Hey, I am sry about that. Next time, I will give my threads a meaningful title. Actually, I want to know if the sentence is right ;)

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    Default Re: general question

    Quote Originally Posted by Prple View Post
    Hey, I am sry sorry about that. Next time, I will give my threads a meaningful title. Actually, I want to know if the sentence is right. ;)
    Please use full words ("sry" is not a word) and remember to end every sentence with a punctuation mark.

    The sentence "I do not want anything to get lost" is fine. Whether it is the most natural way to say what you want to say would depend on the context.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babygirl265 View Post
    Sentence structure errors are my own problems. :(
    I'm not sure whether you mean "I have problems with sentence structure" or "Sentence structure errors are my problems, not your problems".

    I hope you mean the first one. If that is the case, then we will be happy to help with your problems.

    Even if you mean the second one, you will find that each time we see an error in your posts, we will correct it in red.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: general question

    Hey, I will do my best to form proper sentences in the future. I totally agree with the attitude of the forum.

    Let us pretend, some children are playing with lego and I am telling them: ""I do not want any piece to get lost".

    Or I am calling the school office, for I have forgotten to take the children's clothes back home with me, so I am
    telling the office person: "Can you have a look for me in the cloakroam please, I do not want anything to get lost".

    Is it natural to say it like this?

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    Until the username issue which keeps cropping up is sorted out, I'm going to leave the threads with certain usernames in.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prple View Post
    Let us pretend, some children are playing with lego and I am telling them: ""I do not want any piece to get lost".
    It's OK, but I would use something like I don't want you to lose any of the pieces/I want all the pieces back.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 12-Sep-2012 at 02:58. Reason: Fixed a tiny but potentially confusing typo.

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    Thank you! And what about this one?
    "Can you have a look for me in the cloakroam please, I do not want anything to get lost".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prple View Post
    "Can you have a look for me in the cloakroaom, please,; I do not want anything to get lost".
    It's fine grammatically, but I can't think of a realistic situation in which I'd say those words.

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