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    Are these sentences natural? October 25

    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. I donít want you to feel to be left out.

    2. We are running late of time.

    3. The objective of my speech was to convince them to getting around to seeing our point of view.

    Thanks,
    MG.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? October 25

    I'm afraid they're not quite correct

    1. I don't want you to feel left out (thereīs no need for "to be" -in fact you never put 2 infinitives like this together with "to")

    2. You have a few options here:
    We are running out of time
    We are running late (we donīt add "on time" as it's unnecessary and does not sound natural)
    We are running short on time

    3. The objective of my speech was to bring them round to our point of view
    The objective of my speech was to persuade them to see it our way.

    Your version is too long and is actually incorrect. "to get around to something" means "to find the time to do something". e.g. I meant to call you last week but I just didn't get round to it.

    Hope this helps

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? October 25

    "1. in fact you never put 2 infinitives like this together with "to")"

    That's not strictly true but it's an unusual construction. We can say "I don't want you to want to be cold" or "I wouldn't encourage you to try to be the most annoying person in the room".

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? October 25

    "I donít want you to feel to be left out." I would write as "I don't want you to feel left out"

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? October 25

    Thanks folks.

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