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    #1 "My English professor recommended that I better take an intensive English program in an English country in order to gain a quick improvement of English."
    #1a "My English professor recommended I better take an intensive English program in an English country in order to gain a quick improvement of English."

    2# "My English professor recommended me to take an intensive English program in an English country to gain a quick improvement of English."

    Dear teachers,
    Would you please check my sentences whether they are correct to be used, grammatical and natural?

    Thanks.

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    Teachers, any comment please.:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kite View Post
    #1 "My English professor recommended that I better take an intensive English program in an English country in order to gain a quick improvement of English."
    #1a "My English professor recommended I better take an intensive English program in an English country in order to gain a quick improvement of English."

    2# "My English professor recommended me to take an intensive English program in an English country to gain a quick improvement of English."

    Dear teachers,
    Would you please check my sentences whether they are correct to be used, grammatical and natural?

    Thanks.
    I don't find any of your sentences natural.

    I would say: "My English professor recommended that I enter an intensive English program in an English country to quickly improve my English."

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    Clear. But how about grammar? Are they grammatical although they are not natural?

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    In 1 and 1a I'd say '...I had better...'

    In both I'd say '...improvement in English'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kite View Post
    Clear. But how about grammar? Are they grammatical although they are not natural?
    We are often asked this question. I see little point in discussion of whether a construction is theoretically 'grammatical' if it is unnatural.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    So 5jj, do you mean that we should focus on the naturalness more than grammar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kite View Post
    So 5jj, do you mean that we should focus on the naturalness more than grammar?
    Yes. There is no point at all in saying/writing something that is in theory grammatically correct if it sounds unnatural to native speakers.

    Some grammarians would argue that if a construction sounds unnatural to most native speakers, it cannot be grammatical.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 26-Oct-2013 at 22:04. Reason: Fixing typos
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    There are millions of technically grammatical sentences which no native speaker would ever naturally utter. (Sadly, the reverse isn't true!)
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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