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    Red face Is my sentence correct?

    Here is my sentence: "Ignore the messages from those whom you're unfamiliar with when surfing the Net."
    Does this look alright?

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    Re: Is my sentence correct?

    Do we get messages when we surf?
    I get a lot of pop-ups. Is that what you mean by "messages"? Messages come by email to me.

    How about:

    "Ignore unfamiliar messages when using the Net."

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    Re: Is my sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by azhu View Post
    Here is my sentence: "Ignore the messages from those whom you're unfamiliar with when surfing the Net."
    Does this look alright?
    I'd prefer "....from those with whom you're unfamiliar with when surfing the Net".

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    Re: Is my sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by azhu View Post
    Here is my sentence: "Ignore the messages from those whom you're unfamiliar with when surfing the Net."
    Does this look alright?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) Susie has suggested an excellent sentence.

    (2) And Teacher Bill has shown you where many people prefer to place the "with."

    (3) As the other posters have said, your sentence is, indeed, all right. It shows that

    you understand English grammar very well.

    (4) May I, however, respectfully remind you that in conversation or in informal

    writing, you might want to consider stating your idea something like this:

    When surfing the Web, ignore messages from people you don't know.

    (And if you are aiming for "perfect" English, go ahead and write "whom" in

    front of the word "you.")

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    Smile Re: Is my sentence correct?

    Thanks everyone! So, I guess my sentence is too formal and is not the way a native speaker would say, right?

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    Re: Is my sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by azhu View Post
    Thanks everyone! So, I guess my sentence is too formal and is not the way a native speaker would say, right?
    ... from those who you're unfamiliar with... natural, normal, especially in informal speech
    ...from those with whom you're unfamiliar... formal
    ...from those whom you're unfamiliar with... mixed, unnatural

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