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    who said you I want to marry him

    "And even if you haven't betrohted, my dad never allowed you to marry an Irishman."

    "Who said you/that I want to marry him? We've only just met."

    Is the underlined sentence natural and understandable in English?

    Actually I want to say "Where do you heck you find/invent/spin something like that." What else I Can say?

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    Re: who said you I want to marry him

    Quote Originally Posted by Tinkerbell View Post
    "And even if you haven't betrohted, my dad never allowed you to marry an Irishman."

    "Who said you/that I want to marry him? We've only just met."

    Is the underlined sentence natural and understandable in English?

    Actually I want to say "Where do you heck you find/invent something like that." What else I Can say?
    Hi,

    I would say either "Who said that I want to marry him?" or "Who told you that I want to marry him?"

    Greetings,

    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: who said you I want to marry him

    Quote Originally Posted by Tinkerbell View Post
    Actually I want to say "Where do you heck you find/invent/spin something like that." What else I Can say?
    Hi I think a native would say something like "Where the heck...?" or just "What the heck?" But they (native speakers) will be able to tell you (and me too ) more.

    Greetings,

    charliedeut
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    #4

    Re: who said you I want to marry him

    Moreover, the sentence "We've only just met" sounds weird. I'd drop the only off.
    Not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: who said you I want to marry him

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    Moreover, the sentence "We've only just met" sounds weird. I'd drop the only off.
    "We've only just met" is fine.

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    Re: who said you I want to marry him

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "We've only just met" is fine.
    We'll have to get used to the sound of it, then! Thanks

    Greetings,

    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: who said you I want to marry him

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "We've only just met" is fine.
    Really? Well so let's swallow this .
    It sounds redundant. But, living and learning.
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    #8

    Re: who said you I want to marry him

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    Really? Well so let's swallow this .
    It sounds redundant. But, living and learning We live and learn.
    Both you and Charliedeut seem surprised that 'We've only just met' is fine. This construction is quite common. There are 287 BNC citations for pronoun+HAVE+only+just+past participle.

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    Re: who said you I want to marry him

    That's why this forum is so enriching, specially for non-natives like me.
    Is the expression 'living and learning' incorrect?
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    Re: who said you I want to marry him

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    Is the expression 'living and learning' incorrect?
    The natural expression is 'pronoun lives and learn'. The pronouns are usually 'we' or 'you'

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