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    Is this good English

    Hi dear experts. Does the underlined part in the sentence below sound OK in English?

    "I have left my watch at home and I hate to be unaware of the time."

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    Re: Is this good English

    Quote Originally Posted by snade17 View Post
    Hi dear experts. Does the underlined part in the sentence below sound OK in English?

    "I have left my watch at home and I hate to be unaware of the time."
    It's OK.

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    Re: Is this good English

    Yes - it's OK.

    I'd say '. . .and I hate not knowing the time'.

    Rover

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    Re: Is this good English

    Maybe I would say "forgotten" instead of "left", so as to stress that I did so unwillingly.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Is this good English

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    Maybe I would say "forgotten" instead of "left", so as to stress that I did so unwillingly.
    If I said that, I'd omit 'at home'.

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    Re: Is this good English

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    If I said that, I'd omit 'at home'.
    But IMO, you could have left/forgotten it anywhere, so I wouldn't omit "at home" (or "at the library/bar", for that matter).
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Is this good English

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    But IMO, you could have left/forgotten it anywhere, so I wouldn't omit "at home" (or "at the library/bar", for that matter).
    'Left' and 'forgotten' are not synonymous.

    Trust me, Charlie: native speakers don't say 'I've forgotten my watch at home'.

    Rover

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    Re: Is this good English

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'Left' and 'forgotten' are not synonymous.

    Trust me, Charlie: native speakers don't say 'I've forgotten my watch at home'.

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

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