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    Has a felony

    "If you kidnap someone, you commit a serious crime. But if you assassinate a politician, you has a felony"

    Is this sentence natural to say?

    Thank you so much

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    Re: Has a felony

    Quote Originally Posted by namloan View Post
    "If you kidnap someone, you commit a serious crime. But if you assassinate a politician, you hasve committed a felony"

    Is this sentence natural to say?

    Thank you so much
    No. I don't understand what you're trying to say. A felony is a serious crime.

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    Re: Has a felony

    Kidnapping is a felony in the US, and the Federal police (FBI) investigate.

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    Re: Has a felony

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    No. I don't understand what you're trying to say. A felony is a serious crime.
    I also have the same question!

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    Re: Has a felony

    Dear SoothingDave and Freezeframe,

    - I mean "If you kidnap someone, you commit a crime. But if you assassinate a politican, you commit a more serious crime". How do I make the sentence sound more natural, Teachers?

    Thanks very much

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    #6

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    It sounds OK to me the way you just wrote it.

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    Re: Has a felony

    You will have a problem making this sound natural to me.

    Any murder is more serious than a kidnapping, whether it's a political figure or the poor homeless guy on the corner. However, kidnapping is a very serious crime here, too.

    To me, it's like saying "If you have 2 million dollars, you have a lot of money. But if you 3 million dollars, you really have a lot of money."

    Both are serious crimes. Both amounts are a lot of money. No one who kidnaps someone else will be treated lightly.
    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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    Re: Has a felony

    Here is an example of an offence seriousness scale (from New Zealand). As you can see both kidnapping and homicide are considered high seriousness offences.

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    Kidnapping and murder are felonies. Even killing a politician is considered a felony. )

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