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    Do these sentences sound natural?

    As English-native speakers, do these sentences (or more like the part in red) sound natural to you, or you would say them differently?

    You had better be exhausted after such a long journey!

    Are you able to tell me where the station is?

    Will I have some more dessert?

    You donīt have to worry so much. Youīll make yourself ill.

    I am likely to call home.

    Hellen wonīt be able to go to trip.

    Iīd better eat less.
    I think it would be better if I ate less.

    Maybe I forgive him, but I will never forget.
    I might forgive him, but I wonīt forget.

    Nobody is here, the meeting must have been cancelled.


    Thanks!

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    Re: Do these sentences sound natural?

    The grammar is fine, and only context will tell if they sound natural. The only one that doesn't work is this,
    Hellen won't be able to go to trip.
    Hellen won't be able to go on the trip.

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    Re: Do these sentences sound natural?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    The grammar is fine, and only context will tell if they sound natural. The only one that doesn't work is this,
    Hellen won't be able to go to trip.
    Hellen won't be able to go on the trip.

    Thanks! Yeah, I wasnīt sure about this one either, but our teacher said its also possible to said it like this (to go to trip), but I also might have misheard her, so Iīll ask her again about this tomorrow...

    And could you please explain "I am likely to call home" and when would you use it? Because I really canīt imagine myself saying something like this at any occasion. (or I donīt understand the meaning "to be likely to")

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    Re: Do these sentences sound natural?

    You had better be exhausted after such a long journey!
    -- This is an odd one! "You have to be exhausted" is more of a prediction about how you feel, but "You had better be exhausted" is more of a command. If you're not exhausted, you did it wrong.

    Will I have some more dessert?
    -- This is also an odd one. Why would someone else predict this for you?

    I am likely to call home.
    -- Perhaps:
    A; What will you do tonight, this second night of our three-day business trip?
    B: I may go out with the guys, but I'm likely to call home first.

    (I don't find it very natural.)

    {not a teacher}

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    Re: Do these sentences sound natural?

    Quote Originally Posted by kiki-monkey View Post
    And could you please explain "I am likely to call home" and when would you use it? Because I really canīt imagine myself saying something like this at any occasion. (or I donīt understand the meaning "to be likely to")
    Max: If you're car broke down on a deserted highway and you had only enough battery power on your cell to make one call, who would you call, your father or a tow truck?

    Sam: I am likely to call home [in that situation]. My father is a mechanic.

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    Re: Do these sentences sound natural?

    Quote Originally Posted by kiki-monkey View Post
    As English-native speakers, do these sentences (or more like the part in red) sound natural to you, or you would say them differently?

    You had better be exhausted after such a long journey!

    Are you able to tell me where the station is?

    Will I have some more dessert?

    You donīt have to worry so much. Youīll make yourself ill.

    I am likely to call home.

    Hellen wonīt be able to go to trip.

    Iīd better eat less.
    I think it would be better if I ate less.

    Maybe I forgive him, but I will never forget.
    I might forgive him, but I wonīt forget.

    Nobody is here, the meeting must have been cancelled.


    Thanks!
    You must be exhausted after such a long journey.
    Can you tell me where the station is?
    May I have some more desert (please)?
    You mustn't worry so much. You'll make yourself ill.
    I may call home.
    Helen wonīt be able to go on the trip.
    I ought to eat less.
    I might forgive him, but I wonīt forget.
    No-one is here, the meeting must have been cancelled.

    Dave

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