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    Are these sentences natural? Jan 20


    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. What did you think a librarian was/is going to suggest you? Barbie dolls?

    2. For starters, ROF means Ring of Fire, a term commonly used in our community for…

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? Jan 20

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. What did you think a librarian was/is going to suggest to you? Barbie dolls?

    2. For starters, ROF means Ring of Fire, a term commonly used in our community for…
    Sounds OK but it depends on how the sentence ends.

    3. Our presenter today is Peter Tui, President and CEO of KnowledgeBase, a non-profit organization.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? Jan 20

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    See above.
    emsr2d2: Agree, but I think "is going to suggest" could be used to inquire about a future action (in this case, a future suggestion)

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? Jan 20

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    I think "is going to suggest" could be used to inquire about a future action (in this case, a future suggestion)
    Reported speech/thought does not require backshifting if the reported situation is in the future at the time of reporting, but, in this particular example, I think that 'is going to suggest' would be likely only if introduced by 'What do you think ...?'

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? Jan 20

    You're both right, of course. I saw the is/was choice, but I didn't notice that the beginning of the sentence didn't include "do/did" options.

    What do you think a librarian is going to suggest?
    What did you think a librarian was going to suggest?

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