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    Are these sentences natural? August 23


    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. Without this machine, I would have had to add each number manually to get the total.

    2. The project is coming to (a) sunset.

    3. Our annual estimates have revised down as we reduced / have reduced our sales assumptions for the Melbourne subsidiary.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? August 23

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. Without this machine, I would have had to add each number manually to get the total. OK.

    2. The project is coming to (a) sunset. I would say "to a close/end/finish" in that order. Never heard "sunset" used in that way.


    3. Our annual estimates have been revised downward as we reduced / have reduced our sales assumptions (OR projections) for the Melbourne subsidiary.

    Thanks,
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    Re: Are these sentences natural? August 23

    Thanks Billcmd

    3. Our annual estimates have been revised downward as we reduced / have reduced our sales assumptions (OR projections) for the Melbourne subsidiary.
    I am confused about the use of tense here. A reduction in sales assumptions has resulted in a revision in annual estimates. Shouldn't we use 'reduced' instead of 'have reduced'?

    Thanks.

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