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    Is the English sentece idiomatic?

    Is the following sentece right? I think not. It is a sentence in a MC test item stem. My doubt is whether the time period 40 yrs can be coordinated with the previous predicative "can be good at something".
    Nobody can be good at something for 40 years if he doesn’t love it.
    Thanks for your comment.

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    Re: Is the English sentece idiomatic?

    It is fine. My brother has been playing golf for 40 years. He won the local championship at the age of 16, so it's fair to say he's been good at it for 40 years.
    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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    Re: Is the English sentece idiomatic?

    David, a better title would have been 'Nobody can be good at something for 40 years'.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

    Rover

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