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    Are these sentences natural? April 5

    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. Am I out of line in saying that the nation needs a more powerful administrative service?

    2. I think that there is a high probability that the company would/will come out of this situation.

    3. With our borrowing cost where it is at, I donít think it is a prudent course.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? April 5

    I am not an English teacher, but I do have a native ear. In my opinion, the sentences do sound natural. For sentence 2, will is the correct choice. Many native speakers would say your exact sentence for #3, but I believe the correct grammar would be:

    With our borrowing cost where it is, I don't think it is a prudent course.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? April 5

    Thanks Luschen.

    2. I think that there is a high probability that the company would/will come out of this situation.
    I always get confused with such sentences. I remember reading somewhere that when you are not certain about the future, use 'would'. Not sure why it doesn't work in this case. Maybe a teacher can opine.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? April 5

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

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post

    2. I think that there is a high probability that the company would/will come out of this situation.

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    I think the both "that"s are needless, am I right ? And as for the "would/will" couple I think they might mean different. I'd too say "will" is the correct answer, because at least my ears expect such a thing but yet "would" couldn't be incorrect since, firstly it is not ungrammatical and second it, at least here in this context, sounds like a less confidently uttered "will" .

    I'll really appreciate if I'm told that my interpretations are right or not.

    Thanks for your replies in advance.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? April 5

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



    I think the both "that"s are needless, am I right ? And as for the "would/will" couple I think they might mean different. I'd too say "will" is the correct answer, because at least my ears expect such a thing but yet "would" couldn't be incorrect since, firstly it is not ungrammatical and second it, at least here in this context, sounds like a less confidently uttered "will" .

    I'll really appreciate if I'm told that my interpretations are right or not.

    Thanks for your replies in advance.
    Good points. I agree on "would".

    I would keep the second "that".

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? April 5

    euncu, I agree that you are correct. The that in the second sentence is not needed, although a lot of native speakers might put it in anyway.

    I think the key to the will/would is that it needs to match the verb tense of think. Both these sentences would be correct:


    I think that there is a high probability that the company will come out of this situation.

    I thought that there was a high probability that the company would come out of that situation.

    The first is all happening in the present while the second all happened in the past.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? April 5

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



    I think the both "that"s are needless, am I right ? And as for the "would/will" couple I think they might mean different. I'd too say "will" is the correct answer, because at least my ears expect such a thing but yet "would" couldn't be incorrect since, firstly it is not ungrammatical and second it, at least here in this context, sounds like a less confidently uttered "will" .

    I'll really appreciate if I'm told that my interpretations are right or not.

    Thanks for your replies in advance.
    I agree with your point about that, and would happily leave both out. I am less sure about would because it's a high probability- will fits better.

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