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    Are these sentences natural? September 26


    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. I was wondering where you are headed and do you mind if I ride out with you?

    2. I heard that line in a movie I was watching yesterday.

    3. That is why I was trying to see if finding combinations of these factors would help.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? September 26

    Hey,

    I firstly confirm that I am not a native speaker. However I would share my feeling when reading your sentences. To me, yours seem natural.

    Sincerely,

    I, TS. Lę V, not an English teacher.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? September 26

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    1. I was wondering where you are headed and do you mind if I ride out with you?
    I was wondering where you were headed. It does not seem very natural to solicit a ride if you don't know where the driver is heading.

    2. I heard that line in a movie I was watching yesterday.

    3. That is why I was trying to see if finding combinations of these factors would help
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    Re: Are these sentences natural? September 26

    The first one is not natural. I would say

    "I was wondering where you were headed and if you wouldn't mind giving me a ride".

    I wouldn't use "ride out" as this has a slightly different meaning. You "ride out" something difficult like a storm or an economic crisis. You can use it to "ride out of town" but this really depends on where you are and what the locals say about the point you are going to.

    Note: "ride" is US English. In British English it's "lift"

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? September 26

    Thanks folks.
    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    1. I was wondering where you are headed and do you mind if I ride out with you?
    I was wondering where you were headed. It does not seem very natural to solicit a ride if you don't know where the driver is heading.
    I thought that is what a guy said to the girl he was hitting on.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? September 26

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Thanks folks.

    I thought that is what a guy said to the girl he was hitting on.
    If that is the context in which you saw that sentence you should have said so in the first place.

    We are not mind-readers.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? September 26

    Thanks folks.

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