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    This is the sentence:
    • Your tutor sounds wonderful.

    Please explain what is wrong with that sentence, if anything.






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    Default Re: Sounds

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    This is the sentence:
    • Your tutor sounds wonderful.

    Please explain what is wrong with that sentence, if anything.






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    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2248

    Brief Verse (Couplets)
    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1579

    English Idioms
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    I answered this, but nothing came up. This is a test.

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    One more time:

    There is nothing wrong with this sentence, save a bit of ambiguity.

    This construction uses "sounds" as a linking verb -- it links a predicate adjective to the subject. It is similar to:

    The room smells bad.
    John feels warm.

    The ambiguity comes from the different meanings of "sound". Does the tutor have a wonderful voice or is he, himself, wonderful? Context should solve that problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    One more time:

    There is nothing wrong with this sentence, save a bit of ambiguity.

    This construction uses "sounds" as a linking verb -- it links a predicate adjective to the subject. It is similar to:

    The room smells bad.
    John feels warm.

    The ambiguity comes from the different meanings of "sound". Does the tutor have a wonderful voice or is he, himself, wonderful? Context should solve that problem.
    I can see how in the proper context that sentence might make sense.

    :)

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    Yes. Consider this:

    My tutor seems to know everything. He can quote references including the page numbers. In addition, he is patient, kind, and understanding.

    Wow! Your tutor sounds wonderful!

    What it really means is "From what I hear you say, it sounds as if your tutor is wonderful."

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Yes. Consider this:

    My tutor seems to know everything. He can quote references including the page numbers. In addition, he is patient, kind, and understanding.

    Wow! Your tutor sounds wonderful!

    What it really means is "From what I hear you say, it sounds as if your tutor is wonderful."
    Now, that one really makes sense.

    :D

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    The collocation is not correct. Maybe we can say your tutor said is wonderful. Or your tutor's remark sounds wonderful.

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    This is the sentence:
    • Your tutor sounds wonderful.

    Please explain what is wrong with that sentence, if anything.






    Rhyming Riddles
    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2248

    Brief Verse (Couplets)
    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1579

    English Idioms
    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1697

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    Thanks. :D

    Welcome to our friendly forum.



    Do you want to try a riddle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Yes. Consider this:

    My tutor seems to know everything. He can quote references including the page numbers. In addition, he is patient, kind, and understanding.

    Wow! Your tutor sounds wonderful!

    What it really means is "From what I hear you say, it sounds as if your tutor is wonderful."
    Your post makes sense to me.

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    Your tutor sounds wonderful.
    I think that's fine.

    A: My tutor gives me all the attention I need and always helps me. I've learned so much from them.

    B: Your tutor sounds wonderful.

    A: S/he is.
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