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    Never scold

    - Susan is not their offspring, just an adoptive daughter. But they never scold her, whatever other children have, they give her those things.

    - Are these sentences good to say?

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    Re: Never scold

    Quote Originally Posted by namloan View Post
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    Are these sentences good to say? They should be changed a little.

    Susan is not their offspring, just an adopted daughter. But they never scold her, and whatever other children have, they also give her those things.

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    Re: Never scold

    A cultural note here, not a grammatical one.

    An adopted child, in the U.S., is considered fully your child. Any child advocate would be irate to hear an adopted child separated out as "not their offspring" and to hear the word "just" used before "adopted daughter."

    Many people would be shocked to think you would consider treating an adopted child with a lower level of care or affection than children in a family by birth.

    A family who has gone through adoption does not think about their "real" children and those who are "just" adopted. They are all their children.

    I raise this so you don't inadvertently refer to "just an adopted child" to someone who would give you an earful if they heard it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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