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    Safe bet

    Please check whether I am correct or not.

    Safe bet means" something that is likely to happen, or someone or something that is likely to be successful"

    Can we write the following sentence? is it appropriate?

    1) Real estate is a safe bet for a lot of money

    (meaning intended is that the real estate is not making much money now but in future there is possibility for making lot of money).

    2) I am a safe bet for what reads well in English.


    I got this sentence from one of the members in this forum.


    Is he trying to say that he will be good in English in future but now he is not that good?


    But why did he use the word"what"(instead of who)?



    Thank you

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    Re: Safe bet

    Do you understand the differences in the pronouns "he" and "she"? Just curious.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Safe bet

    Oh! sorry mam. I didn't concentrate on the name while I was copying that post.

    Please explain it mam.

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    Re: Safe bet

    The meaning is that you can have complete confidence in it. It is NOT the case that it's not good now, but will improve at a later time. It is good now.

    A: Where should we go for dinner?
    B: Cheslea's is always a safe bet. = We always have a good meal at Chelsea's.

    A: What should we get Mom for her birthday?
    B: You know she loves Tresor. A bottle of her favorite perfume is always a safe bet. = You know she will like a bottle of her favorite perfume.

    Do you certainly do not have to call me "mam" but I certainly would prefer you not call me "sir" or "he."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Safe bet

    I am a safe bet for what reads well in English.

    Why did you use" what" here?

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    Re: Safe bet

    "What" is being used as a pronoun. It stands for "words, phrases, expressions, and other examples of writing."

    It could also have been "that which reads well in English" but that would sound more formal than I wanted it to.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Safe bet

    Can you paraphrase that sentence?

    because I haven't understood the sentence yet.

    I am a safe bet for what reads well in English

    What I understand is you are good in English now and you will be better in future.

    What reads well in English. in this sentence are you not referring to you?

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    Re: Safe bet

    I don't know why you think it means things will change in the future. The expession "a safe bet" refers to the current situation being good. It doesn't have anything to do with getting better in the future.

    It means you can trust me if I tell you something sounds good and natural in my dialect of English.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #9

    Re: Safe bet

    Then what about what reads well in English?

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    Re: Safe bet

    Quote Originally Posted by raamraam View Post
    Then what about what reads well in English?
    I don't understand your question.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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