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    When I was young, I was...

    Hello.

    When I was young, I was very particular about food. My parents were too fond of me to scold me for the bad habit. I always took what I liked, and rejected what I disliked. I knew it is bad for health to take only a few sorts of food, but I couldn't cure myself of the habit.

    Are there any grammatical errors? Is there anything awkward? Any comment would be appreciated.

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    Re: When I was young, I was...

    [QUOTE=Daruma;477838]Hello.

    When I was young, I was very particular about food but my parents were too fond of me to scold me for this bad habit. I always took what I liked and rejected what I disliked. I knew it was bad for my health to eat only certain types of food, but I couldn't stop myself/break the habit. QUOTE]


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    Re: When I was young, I was...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    When I was young, I was very particular about food but my parents were too fond of me to scold me for this bad habit. I always took what I liked and rejected what I disliked. I knew it was bad for my health to eat only certain types of food, but I couldn't stop myself/break the habit. QUOTE]

    "only certain types of food"
    Can't I say "only a few kinds of food," "only a few types of food" or "only a few kinds of food"?

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    Re: When I was young, I was...

    [QUOTE=Daruma;478191]
    Quote Originally Posted by jaykaylam View Post


    "only certain types of food"
    Can't I say "only a few kinds of food," "only a few types of food" or "only a few kinds of food"?
    "a few kinds/sorts/types of food" - all of these are perfectly acceptable, they just sound a little awkward to me.

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    Re: When I was young, I was...

    "a few kinds/sorts/types of foods"
    Does this sound awkward as well?

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    Re: When I was young, I was...

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    "a few kinds/sorts/types of foods"
    Does this sound awkward as well?
    I am not a teacher.

    I guess the reason to people doesn't say "a few kind/sort/types of food" because of negative meaning in words of "a few", but people who speaks english as native language like to say things in a positive way.

    I am not for sure if I am correct.
    Last edited by purecopper; 26-May-2009 at 08:18.

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    Re: When I was young, I was...

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    When I was young, I was very particular about food. My parents were too fond of me to scold me for the bad habit. I always took what I liked, and rejected what I disliked. I knew it is bad for health to take only a few sorts of food, but I couldn't cure myself of the habit.

    Are there any grammatical errors? Is there anything awkward? Any comment would be appreciated.
    Dear Daruma:
    The only thing I would question is: I knew it is bad for health to take only a few sorts of food, but I couldn't cure myself of the habit.
    I would change the tense and wording to: I knew it was unhealthy to eat only a few foods, but I couldn't cure myself of the habit.
    Also, just as an aside, a common expression for the kind of person you describe is a 'fussy eater'.

    Best wishes,

    Petra

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    Re: When I was young, I was...

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    "a few kinds/sorts/types of foods"
    Does this sound awkward as well?
    Well, we use a plural noun after all of these but as food is also an uncountable noun it is not necessary here. It still sounds awkward to me. Petra advises "a few foods", which definitely sounds more natural but I would still use 'certain'.

    As I said, all of these terms are acceptable - it is all very subjective

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