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    Are these sentences natural? August 2

    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. Next Friday, it being a religious holiday, we are closed and will open back on Monday.

    2. He must have aged by at least 10 years in the last two days.

    3. First , I was only kidding with John, but somehow the idea caught on and everybody started asking me about it.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? August 2

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. Next Friday, it being a religious holiday, we are closed and will open back reopen on Monday.

    2. He must have aged by at least 10 years in the last two days. OK

    3. First , I was only kidding with John, but somehow the idea caught on and everybody started asking me about it. OK

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    MG.
    See above.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? August 2

    Thanks Billmcd.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? August 2

    Billcmd,

    A follow up question if you don't mind. Is this version of #1 okay?

    1b. Next Friday, for it being a religious holiday, we are closed and will reopen Monday.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? August 2

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Billcmd,

    A follow up question if you don't mind. Is this version of #1 okay?

    1b. Next Friday, for it being a religious holiday, we are closed and will reopen Monday.

    Thanks.
    No, but you could say "...as it is a religious holiday....)

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? August 2

    1. Next Friday, it being a religious holiday, we are closed and will open back on Monday.

    2. He must have aged by at least 10 years in the last two days.

    3. First , I was only kidding with John, but somehow the idea caught on and everybody started asking me about it.

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    something about 'next friday, it being a religious holiday', sounds outlandish. i realize this isn't constructive, sorry.

    second sentence is fine

    third is a little bizarre as well. get rid of the word 'First' (I was only kidding with John, but somehow the idea caught on...). the word 'but' already indicates the following is subsequent.



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