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    Are these sentences natural? August 4

    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. Were you working all the weekend?
    2. Actually that gives me a good segway into my next query.
    3. What, you don’t have your lunch until 2pm? Then you must have / must be having heavy breakfast? ( this was my reaction after hearing that one woman doesn’t have lunch until 2pm everyday)


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    Re: Are these sentences natural? August 4

    1 would sound more natural to me without the.

    2 sounds natural, but the word you are looking for is segue (pronounced segway).

    3. '. . . . Then you must have a good/hearty breakfast.'

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? August 4

    Thanks Rover.

    3. '. . . . Then you must have a good/hearty breakfast.'
    Is this sentence telling the person to have a good breakfast or guessing that she must be having a good breakfast, for she is able to stay so long without another meal?

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? August 4

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Thanks Rover.



    Is this sentence telling the person to have a good breakfast or guessing that she must be having a good breakfast, for she is able to stay so long without another meal?
    It's not an order. It's surmising that she must, as a habit, eat a large breakfast.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? August 4

    Thanks SD.

    A follow up question.

    What is the difference between these two sentences?

    3b . What, you donít have your lunch until 2pm? Then you must have a good breakfast?

    3c. What, you donít have your lunch until 2pm? Then you must be having a good breakfast?

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? August 4

    "Must be having" describes something that is happening right now or is to happen soon. It doesn't make sense in this context.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? August 4

    Thanks SD.

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