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    #1

    Do These Sentences Sound Ok To Native English-speaking Teachers?

    Dear Native English Speakers,

    Do the following sentences all sound ok to your ears?

    1) Your explanation is helpful to my study of English.
    2) Your explanation is helpful to my studying of English.
    3) Your explanation is helpful to my English study.
    4) Your explanation is helpful to my English studying.
    5) Your explanation is helpful to my studying English.
    6) Your explanation is helpful to my learning of English.
    7) Your explanation is helpful to my English learning.

    Similar questions can be seen at the following link, but the answer is not satisfactory:
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...k-working.html

    I posted this question 2 or 3 days ago but so far no reply is given. So I posted it again with the title changed in the hope of getting an answer . Can anyone whose mother tongue is English please give a simple reply Or would anyone give a link if there is another similar question and answer on the web? Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by SongYuxiang; 18-Aug-2010 at 11:54.

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    #2

    Re: Do These Sentences Sound Ok To Native English-speaking Teachers?

    You would rather hear this: Your explanation is really helpful for my English. This sounds better to me -not a native speaker though.

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    #3

    Re: Do These Sentences Sound Ok To Native English-speaking Teachers?

    They're all awkward, but 5 and 6 are less so.

    We would just say:
    "Your explanation is really helpful to me -- I'm studying English."

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    Re: Do These Sentences Sound Ok To Native English-speaking Teachers?

    Thank you, Konungursvia, I like your frank direction. I will try to avoid using such unnecessary words as you pointed out. :))

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    #5

    Re: Do These Sentences Sound Ok To Native English-speaking Teachers?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    They're all awkward, but 5 and 6 are less so.

    We would just say:
    "Your explanation is really helpful to me -- I'm studying English."

    Thank you,konungursvia.

    Then what about the following:

    1) Study of English is his hobby.
    2) Studying of English is his hobby.
    3) English study is his hobby.
    4) English studying is his hobby.
    5) Studying English is his hobby.
    6) Learning of English is his hobby.
    7) English learning is his hobby.

    Regards,

    song
    Last edited by SongYuxiang; 18-Aug-2010 at 13:08.

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    Re: Do These Sentences Sound Ok To Native English-speaking Teachers?

    5 is okay, 3 is acceptable but perhaps archaic. 7 is right out. The rest require a definite article.

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    Re: Do These Sentences Sound Ok To Native English-speaking Teachers?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    5 is okay, 3 is acceptable but perhaps archaic. 7 is right out. The rest require a definite article.

    Thank you, Konungursvia. You have helped me solve my long time puzzle. So, accordingly, I corrected them as below:

    1) The study of English is his hobby. (Acceptable)
    2) The studying of English is his hobby.(Acceptable)
    3) English study is his hobby. .(Acceptable, perhaps archaic)
    4) The English studying is his hobby..(Acceptable)
    5) Studying English is his hobby.(Okay)
    6) The Learning of English is his hobby..(Acceptable)

    I didn't list 7) above, because I am still not clear about the phrase "right out" you used. In my dictionary I can not find a suitable explanation. Would you please define it?

    7) English learning is his hobby. (right out)

    Regards,

    song

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    Re: Do These Sentences Sound Ok To Native English-speaking Teachers?

    Right out means not at all in or acceptable. Learning English is is hobby. That's okay. Generally, you've got it, though 2 still sounds unusual, though probably acceptable.

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    Re: Do These Sentences Sound Ok To Native English-speaking Teachers?

    Thank you,Konungursvia, for your help. Now I am more confident in making English sentences. :)

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