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    Are these sentences natural? June 28


    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. I would prefer that you did the investigation before giving me a call.

    2. I am having a hard timing in keeping my eyes open.

    3. Last week I fell over while playing outdoors.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? June 28

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. I would prefer that you did the investigation before giving me a call. OK, although I think "carried out" the investigation would sound better.

    2. I am having a hard timing in keeping my eyes open. I am having a hard time keeping...

    3. Last week I fell over while playing outdoors. Correct.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? June 28

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. I would prefer that you did the investigation before giving me a call.
    If the investigation is complete: "I would have preferred that you had done/completed the investigation before giving me a call (OR before calling me)."
    If the investigation is not complete: "I would prefer that you do/complete the investigation before giving me a call (OR before calling me)".
    2. I am having a hard time in keeping my eyes open.

    3. Last week I fell over ("over"is not necessary) while playing outdoors.

    Thanks,
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    My response.
    Last edited by billmcd; 28-Jun-2011 at 23:59. Reason: typo

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? June 28

    Number 3 shows an interesting different between BrE and AmE. I would automatically use "fell over" to mean tripped or accidentally stumbled and fell to the floor.

    If it said "fell" I would think it was a much more serious and higher fall, perhaps from a cliff!!

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? June 28

    I was thinking "fell down."

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? June 28

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Number 3 shows an interesting different between BrE and AmE. I would automatically use "fell over" to mean tripped or accidentally stumbled and fell to the floor.

    If it said "fell" I would think it was a much more serious and higher fall, perhaps from a cliff!!
    Yes, that is an interesting and, I think, significant difference of which I was not aware. In AmE we usually use "fall/fell over" to indicate that some obstacle caused or contributed to the fall, but it would include a fall over (or from) a cliff.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? June 28

    Thanks folks.

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    I would prefer that you did the investigation before giving me a call.
    If the investigation is complete: "I would have preferred that you had done/completed the investigation before giving me a call (OR before calling me)."
    If the investigation is not complete: "I would prefer that you do/complete the investigation before giving me a call (OR before calling me)".
    I am not sure but the original sentence uses the subjunctive mood. When would one make use of the original sentence?

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? June 28

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Thanks folks.



    I am not sure but the original sentence uses the subjunctive mood. When would one make use of the original sentence?
    Before the investigation is carried out.

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