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    Could you please correct the follwoing sentences?
    1. You'd better contemplate building such a large house as you may find it difficult to secure it (Do you normally use more than one "it" in one sentence?)

    2.The mention of Peter's name was too dreadful to contemplate.

    3. Are you prepared to contemplate being sacked?

    4.Jack is seriously contemplating studying abroad.

    5. The pain in his leg was so excruciating that he even started groaning hoping that it would ease that unbearable pain.

    6. While describing the events which took place in the period of 1941-1942, the historian asked the audience to remember that it was a year of excruciating terror.

    7. He was terribly upset by forgetting to wind up his watch.

    8. I don't think you should have taken it seriously. They were just winding you up!

    9. The teacher asked the class not to wind up Max, a newcomer, who had been trasferred to their school two days previously.

    10. If he carries on like this, he's going to wind up in prison.

    11. -I can't stand bleached hair!
    -Nor can I. I think it's stupid unless it's caused by sunlight.

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    1. You'd better contemplate building such a large house as you may find it difficult to secure it
    This sentence doesn't work for me; the meaning isn't clear. I also think the second 'it' is wrong. Is this what you meant?:

    You'd better think about building the house as you may find it difficult to find such a large one.

    ??

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    Hello, tdol.

    I'm glad that you replied to my thread. I'll try to explain to you what I meant in this sentence:
    1. You'd better contemplate building such a large house as you may find it difficult to secure it.

    It would be good if you decided whether you need to build such a large house because you're likely to have difficulty guarding it.
    I just wanted to find out how the verb 'contemplate' works.

    What about the rest of the sentences? Are there any serious mistakes there?

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    You'd better think before building such a large house as you may find it difficult to maintain/keep.

    How about this?

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    I like this one. Thank you. Your sentence has proved once more that there's no need to make up long and wordy sentences as the meaning might be lost in translation.

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    In number 2, I might be tempted to say 'the mere mention'.

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    Flash
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    it seems you have the same problem I have with building up sentences .I dont really know how to rid off this habit.I hope I can have your advise Mr;tdol

    best wishes

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