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    Could you proofread these 10 short sentences?

    Could you proofread these 10 short sentences if there are grammatica

    errors or broken English?

    1. Can I make a reservation for acupuncture treatment next Friday, please?
    2. I am sorry, we don't have an opening at that time you want.
    3. John! I havenít seen you in ages.
    4. You should take good care of your blood pressure.
    5. I haven't heard from him since he left for Italy five years ago.
    6. I'd like to make an appointment to have a regular check-up, please.
    7. Hello, do you have any openings for 3 oíclock?
    8. Hey, how did your date go yesterday?
    9. Please hold on the line so that I can check a few things.
    10. Do you want to reschedule your appointment or cancel it?

    Thank you. ^^

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    #2

    Re: Could you proofread these 10 short sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    10. Do you want to reschedule your appointment or cancel it?
    Cannot it be without repetitions:
    "10. Do you want to reschedule or cancel your appointment?

    Which is better and why?

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    Re: Could you proofread these 10 short sentences?

    Thank you very much guys ^^

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    #4

    Re: Could you proofread these 10 short sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by vgv8 View Post
    10. Do you want to reschedule your appointment or cancel it.

    Do you want to reschedule or cancel your appointment?

    Which is better and why?
    The first is clearer if the person asking the question is not sure what the other wants to do.

    Juliana, I would omit 'on' in #9.

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    Re: Could you proofread these 10 short sentences?

    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    Quote Originally Posted by vgv8 View Post
    Cannot it be without repetitions:
    Just some advice:
    Can't it be without repetitions?
    Can it not be without repetitions
    Cannot it be without repetitions?


    Cheers!

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    Re: Could you proofread these 10 short sentences?

    /A learner/

    In #3, I think, I've mostly been hearing "for ages".

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    Re: Could you proofread these 10 short sentences?

    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    /A learner/

    In #3, I think, I've mostly been hearing "for ages".
    I'm very sure both versions are correct.
    I often read sentence like "I haven't seen him in weeks."
    So I don't think it's wrong and that case.

    Cheers!

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    #8

    Re: Could you proofread these 10 short sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***



    Just some advice:
    Can't it be without repetitions?
    Can it not be without repetitions
    Cannot it be without repetitions?


    Cheers!
    I always thought that CANNOT is inseparable from "NOT" (i.e. can't be used as "can not") and is interchangeable with "can't".
    Am I wrong and "cannot" may be correctly used as "can not"?

    What are other cases when "cannot" is not interchangeable with "cannot can't"?
    Last edited by vgv8; 25-Dec-2010 at 19:20. Reason: cannot-->can't

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    Re: Could you proofread these 10 short sentences?

    Hi vgv8,
    It is possible to write "can not", however, under certain conditions.
    I can not only see birds.
    (I can also see other animals, not only birds.)
    Anyway, this is different from the negative version of can.

    The other topic:
    Don't you see anyone?
    Do you not see anyone?
    Do not you see anyone?


    Won't you see anyone?
    Will you not see anyone?
    Will not you see anyone?


    Can't you see anyone?
    Can you not see anyone?
    Cannot you see anyone?
    Can not you see anyone?

    It does not matter whether you say, "Cannot..." or "Can not...".
    Both versions are wrong.
    Whenever you start a sentence with an auxiliary verb, you have to put the subject before the not.

    Cheers!

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    #10

    Re: Could you proofread these 10 short sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by vgv8 View Post
    I always thought that CANNOT is...interchangeable with "can't".
    They express different meanings to me:


    1. I can't open the door.

    • meaning, because it is stuck
    2. I cannot open the door.

    • meaning, because it is forbidden.

    3. I can not open the door or I can open it.

    • meaning, I have a choice.

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