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    Are the sentences below correct and natural? Thank you.

    1. I took advantage of the good weather to dry my clothes and quilts in the sun.
    2. I took advantage of the good weather to sun-dry my clothes and quilts.
    3. I took advantage of the good weather to hang out my clothes and quilts to dry in the sun.

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    Default Re: dry the clothes in the sun / sun-dry the clothes ...

    Quote Originally Posted by maoyueh View Post
    Are the sentences below correct and natural? Thank you.

    1. I took advantage of the good weather to dry my clothes and quilts in the sun.
    2. I took advantage of the good weather to sun-dry my clothes and quilts.
    3. I took advantage of the good weather to hang out my clothes and quilts to dry in the sun.
    The second sentence is grammatically correct but sounds unnatural to my (American) ears. The first sentence sounds perfectly reasonable. The third sentence would be my choice for sounding the most natural, but only with a couple changes:

    "I took advantange of the good weather to hang (or: and hung) my clothes and quilts out to dry." (When you hang your clothes out, it sounds redundant or unnecessary to me to say "in the sun.")

    (not a teacher, just a language lover)

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    Default Re: dry the clothes in the sun / sun-dry the clothes ...

    Some say they "line dry" them.

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    Default Re: dry the clothes in the sun / sun-dry the clothes ...

    1 and 3 are OK for me.

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    Default Re: dry the clothes in the sun / sun-dry the clothes ...

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    1 and 3 are OK for me.
    Is it OK to say "I am going to air-dry my clothes"? Thanks.

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    Default Re: dry the clothes in the sun / sun-dry the clothes ...

    I wouldn't be sure what you meant by "air-dry." There's hot air in the dryer too.
    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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    Default Re: dry the clothes in the sun / sun-dry the clothes ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I wouldn't be sure what you meant by "air-dry." There's hot air in the dryer too.
    Is it OK to say "I am going to air-dry my clothes by the open window/in the veranda or porch, then? Thanks a lot.

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    Default Re: dry the clothes in the sun / sun-dry the clothes ...

    I'm going to hang my clothes by the window to dry.
    I'm going to set my clothes out on the porch to dry.
    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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