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    Are these sentences natural? August 25


    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. When I was small I used to finish my homework as soon as I came from school.

    2. He is turning into an encyclopedia of soccer. These days whenever he talks to me he rattles out name and facts that I have never heard before in my life.

    3. Who do we email to to report this incident? ( the consecutive tos seem awkward but I am not sure how avoid that)

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? August 25

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. When I was small I used to finish my homework as soon as I came from school.

    2. He is turning into an encyclopedia of soccer. These days whenever he talks to me he rattles out names and facts that I have never heard before in my life.

    3. Who do we email to to report this incident? ( the consecutive tos seem awkward but I am not sure how avoid that)

    Thanks,
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    1. Do would be better than finish.
    2. This is fine with the plural "names".
    3. With"email" as a verb you can drop the first "to".

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? August 25

    The firt sound better to me with an extra word.:1. When I was small I used to finish my homework as soon as I came in/home from school.

    I prefer 'little' to 'small', though I'd probably say 'young(er)'.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? August 25

    Thanks folks.

    I have a follow up on #1, about the use of tense. I am using 'used to' to indicate a regular occurance, but I am not doing that for the action of 'coming from school'. What do think?

    1. When I was small I used to finish my homework as soon as I came from school.



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    Re: Are these sentences natural? August 25

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Thanks folks.

    I have a follow up on #1, about the use of tense. I am using 'used to' to indicate a regular occurance, but I am not doing that for the action of 'coming from school'. What do think?

    1. When I was small I used to finish my homework as soon as I came from school.


    I'd say "came home" or "came in".

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? August 25

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    I have a follow up on #1, about the use of tense. I am using 'used to' to indicate a regular occuraence, but I am not doing that for the action of 'coming from school'. What doyou think?

    1. When I was small I used to finish my homework as soon as I came from school.


    Just as one 'will' is enough in I will do it as soon as I come in, so one' used to' is enough in I used to do it as soon as I came in.

    The point with the 'used to' example is that the common practice was to do/finish the homework on those occasions when the speaker came in. Common sense tells us that the coming in must have been a regular practice, but it doesn't have to be, as we see in this sentence:

    I used to go into a cold sweat as soon as my (vomit-inducing) uncle came into the room and asked me for a kiss.

    Fortunately for the speaker, the vile uncle came into her life (and room) perhaps only five times during her childhood, but each occasion left a never-to-be forgotten memory.

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