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    If somebody thinks that can help me, please keep in touch.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Is this sentence fine, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    If somebody thinks that can help me, please keep in touch.

    Thanks.
    Grammatically faultless, but semantically somewhat obscure...

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    Default Re: Is this sentence fine, please?

    how would you say it, please?
    thanks.

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    Default Re: Is this sentence fine, please?

    I have not the remotest idea what the speaker is aiming to say!

    Perhaps someone else would care to make a guess!

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    Default Re: Is this sentence fine, please?

    "I would like to know where I could find yellow tennis shoes, please. Do you think you can help me? If so, please keep in touch as soon as possible. My email address is ...@gmail.com. Thanks."

    Hi,

    The context is more or less the above. It's about someone looking for help or information on the internet. Do you think the underlined text is understandable?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Is this sentence fine, please?

    Aha, in that case it would apear that what are trying to say is:

    If somebody thinks that (s)he* can help me, please get in touch.

    (Or, more colloquially, 'they')

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    Default Re: Is this sentence fine, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post

    If somebody thinks that (s)he* can help me, please get in touch.
    Thanks a lot!

    I was wondering why the sentence you suggested is so different from the one I posted.

    Thanks again!

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    Default Re: Is this sentence fine, please?

    You wrote "If somebody thinks that can help me,..."

    That sounds like there is some bit of knowledge or something, which you are referring to as "that." If someone thinks [this thing or bit of knowledge] can help me,...

    If someone thinks that he or she can help me - that is what the person must think. (You can avoid the awkard "he or she" by writing it this way: If you think you can help me,...

    You also wrote "please keep in touch." That implies that you have already have some sort of correspondence going. "Please get in touch" means to initiate contact.

    {not a teacher}

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    Default Re: Is this sentence fine, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You wrote "If somebody thinks that can help me,..."

    That sounds like there is some bit of knowledge or something, which you are referring to as "that." If someone thinks [this thing or bit of knowledge] can help me,...

    If someone thinks that he or she can help me - that is what the person must think. (You can avoid the awkard "he or she" by writing it this way: If you think you can help me,...

    You also wrote "please keep in touch." That implies that you have already have some sort of correspondence going. "Please get in touch" means to initiate contact.

    {not a teacher}
    thank you so much.
    now I see!

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