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    Lightbulb Quite a few questions

    Hello to everyone.
    Are these sentences/phrases correct? Do they sound natural?


    1) ... obviosly you don't have ENOUGH time to examine every line of every letter you get. (maybe "enough" isn't necessary?)

    2) ... we feel sort of robbed of the chance to experience the nostalgia FOR [something]

    3) ... we have often been PUT IN a situation (or "got into a situation"?)

    4) ... we don't understand what can nowadays be referred to as music (is "what can nowadays be regarded as music" better?)

    5) ... at the age one begins to form and sharpen HIS OR HER opinion (is it really necessery??)

    6) It seems like time we revealed our wish.

    7) ... European states, for a long decades afflicted by the tyrannical communist regime...

    8) ... Mr. Gillan’s voice has been by far in ITS best shape.

    9) And because of our AGES...(or "age"?)


    Thanks a bundle.
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    Re: Quite a few questions

    1- you could take 'enough' out or leave it. However, I would be tempted to change 'examine' and use 'read'.
    3- It depends- 'get' means it happened or you were responsible, while 'put' means someone placed you in taht situation
    4- If you mean that it's a noise to you, then I'd say 'what is often called music' or 'known as' or 'passes for' (pretends to be)
    5- one's opinion- less formally, you could use you/your opinion
    6- don't like 'seems like'- drop 'like' IMO
    7- for long decades (noarticle)
    8- looks incomplete- for how long?
    9- If we have different ages, then use the plural. If we're the same age, I'd use the singular.

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    Re: Quite a few questions

    tdol: thanks a lot!

    1) read is better, you're right,
    4) it all sound too "offensive" (it shouldn't, as far as I can see, I didn't write the letter myself), I'll use "passes for"
    7) the indefinite article was a typo , the question was concerning "afflicted by". Is it ok, even when referring to a regime, not to a disaster?
    8) the whole sentece reads: "And finally, as far as we can tell from available records, in recent years (2003, 2004 and 2005) Mr. Gillan’s voice has been by far in its best shape in 20 years (i.e. better than it was at the 84–88 and 93–95 concerts)."
    9) they (we) are all about twenty, as stated above (in the letter). Is it possible to use singular referring to the average age?

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