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    Default Are these sentences natural? Oct 26

    Hi,

    Are these sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. These guys don’t come to (the) work until 10am. (should I use ‘the’?)

    2. It is has happened second time this week. I have been here for a year and has never happened to me before this.


    3. Whatever happened to plain old hardwork in this business. ( it was a sarcastic remark at the fact that people in my business try to take shortcuts to get success)


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    Default Re: Are these sentences natural? Oct 26

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Are these sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. These guys don’t come to (the) work until 10am. (should I use ‘the’?)No.

    2. It is has happened second time this week. I have been here for a year and has never happened to me before this.


    3. Whatever happened to plain old
    hard work in this business. ( it was a sarcastic remark at the fact that people in my business try to take shortcuts to get success)

    Thanks,
    MG
    2. "This is the second time this has happened this week. I have been here for a year and it had never happened to me before."

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    Default Re: Are these sentences natural? Oct 26

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Are these sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. These guys don’t come to (the) work until 10am. (should I use ‘the’?)

    2. It is has happened second time this week. I have been here for a year and has never happened to me before this.


    3. Whatever happened to plain old hardwork in this business. ( it was a sarcastic remark at the fact that people in my business try to take shortcuts to get success)


    Thanks,
    MG
    In addition to bhai's response, #2 could be stated as "......a second time this week."

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    Default Re: Are these sentences natural? Oct 26

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post


    2. It is has happened second time this week. I have been here for a year and has never happened to me before this.


    I appear to be the first person to have noticed the error at the beginning of #2 (underlined above).
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Are these sentences natural? Oct 26

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I appear to be the first person to have noticed the error at the beginning of #2 (underlined above).
    Nice catch.


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