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    Are these sentences natural? March 21

    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. I would like some too. ( I said this after one person said to another person to get some color papers)

    2. If I was going to Greece, they couldn’t care less.

    3. If you have any interest, feel free to show up for /at the presentation.


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    Re: Are these sentences natural? March 21

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. I would like some too. ( I said this after one person said to another person to get some color papers) This is okay, but "Would you mind getting some for me too, please?" is something I'm more likely to say.

    2. If I was going to Greece, they couldn’t care less.
    As an American, I would use the subjunctive "were" here instead of "was."

    3. If you have any interest, feel free to show up for /at the presentation. Okay, but not particularly inviting. "If you're interested, I hope you'll consider coming to the presentation." "If you're interested, you're most welcome to come to the presentation."

    Thanks,
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    Grammatically you're okay, but my suggestions include some "politeness" nuances.
    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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