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  1. narshi
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    correcting students

    A: "Are you doing anything tonight?"
    B: "actually, i'll go to the cinema with Dorothy."

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    Re: correcting students

    Quote Originally Posted by narshi View Post
    A: "Are you doing anything tonight?"
    B: "Actually, I'll go to the cinema with Dorothy."
    There, now it's correct. I would also make these changes:

    - Avoid "Actually" when answering questions. It sounds defensive. Sometimes it even sounds dishonest. If you need a word there, use "Yes."

    - I think the British would usually say: "I'm going to the cinema with Dorothy." In the U.S, we would say: "I'm going to the movies with Dorothy.") However, there's nothing wrong with the way you phrased it.

    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]

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    Re: correcting students

    PS - Other phrases that can make you sound dishonest include:

    - The fact is...
    - To tell the truth...
    - Frankly...

    They all imply that you weren't telling the truth before, but now you are.

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