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    awkward sentences

    Hello!

    I blurted out some phrases today that are definitely no good English. There are better ways to express the ideas, but the damage was done. Do the phrases sound horrible to a native speaker's ears?

    a seaside city
    The city doesn't cover much area
    It's the place where you can try different cuisines.
    The holidays were too long and it seems like he got out of the habit of studying (people usually get out of bad habits, so it seems to me there's something wrong here)

    I'd be very grateful for help.

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    Re: awkward sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Hello!

    I blurted out some phrases today that are definitely not good English. There are better ways to express the ideas, but the damage was done. Do the phrases sound horrible to a native speaker's ears?

    a seaside city
    The city doesn't cover a large area. "a large area" is better than ''much area" and is grammatically correct, but 'The city isn't big.' is a much more common and natural sentence.

    It's the place where you can try different cuisines. If there is only one place like that, use "the"; if there is more than one place, use 'a'.

    The holidays were too long, and it seems that he got out of the habit of studying.

    (people usually get out of bad habits, so it seems to me there's something wrong here) No, people can fall out of good habits too.

    I'd be very grateful for help.
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    Re: awkward sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Hello!

    I blurted out some phrases today that are definitely no good English. There are better ways to express the ideas, but the damage was done. Do the phrases sound horrible to a native speaker's ears?

    a seaside city
    The city doesn't cover much area
    It's the place where you can try different cuisines.
    The holidays were too long and it seems like he got out of the habit of studying (people usually get out of bad habits, so it seems to me there's something wrong here)

    I'd be very grateful for help.
    I wouldn't say that "they are definitely not good English" even though there might be other ways to express those statements. But I consider "cuisine" a non-count noun.

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    Re: awkward sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    But I consider "cuisine" a non-count noun.
    That's a good point; I didn't consider that.
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    "cuisine" sounds like a noun that 'wants to be counted'. :) But I suppose that 'different types of cuisine' is correct English.

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    Re: awkward sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    But I consider "cuisine" a non-count noun.
    I think it can be countable these days.

    French cusine, haute cuisine, lean cuisine - there are just too many cuisines for me.

    Verona's sentence sounds fine, in my opinion.

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    Re: awkward sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    Hello!

    I blurted out some phrases today that are definitely no good English. There are better ways to express the ideas, but the damage was done. Do the phrases sound horrible to a native speaker's ears?

    a seaside city
    The city doesn't cover much area
    It's the place where you can try different cuisines.
    The holidays were too long and it seems like he got out of the habit of studying (people usually get out of bad habits, so it seems to me there's something wrong here)

    I'd be very grateful for help.
    I'm sure that most learners here wish they could "blurt out" as good English as that.

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