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    Are these sentences natural? July 16

    Hi,

    Are these sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. We will not make into that bus; they will probably have to wait for the next bus. ( said this while standing at a bus stop)

    2. What platform will our train be on?


    3. Hey, you are nothing less! ( my response to someone who called me a gorgeous)


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    Re: Are these sentences natural? July 16

    We will not make it onto that bus.

    Note: gorgeous, not "a" gorgeous.
    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: Are these sentences natural? July 16

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Are these sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. We will not make into that bus; they will probably have to wait for the next bus. ( said this while standing at a bus stop)

    2. What platform will our train be on?


    3. Hey, you are nothing less! ( my response to someone who called me
    a gorgeous)

    Thanks,
    MG
    See Barb_D's response, but I would add that, although I don't know whether the exchange of compliments in #3 is between the same or mixed genders, the term "gorgeous" is USUALLY reserved for use in describing women or women's apparel.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? July 16

    Speaking as a woman who has giggled with female friends for about 35 years now regarding who we find attractive, I assure you that we refer to males as gorgeous. Not, pretty (usually) and rarely beautiful, but definitely gorgeous.
    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: Are these sentences natural? July 16

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Speaking as a woman who has giggled with female friends for about 35 years now regarding who we find attractive, I assure you that we refer to males as gorgeous. Not, pretty (usually) and rarely beautiful, but definitely gorgeous.
    Well, I expected a response from someone (male or female) as such which is why the term is underlined and in caps.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? July 16

    I would say that the word gorgeous is used to describe both men and women. I think the difference is that women use the word to describe both men and women, whereas men refer to women as gorgeous but I don't think many straight (heterosexual) men would look at another man (even one who is stunningly good-looking) and say "Wow, he's gorgeous".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? July 16

    "they will probably have to wait for the next bus." Also, you should change "they" to "we" here.

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