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    Are these sentences natural? Aug 13

    Hi,

    Are these sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. In the grocery store, she selects ripe fruit by smelling / sniffing them.

    2. I donít have that detail handy, do you have it?


    3. I will be interested in hearing your thoughts on this issue.


    Thanks,
    MG

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    Re: Are these sentences natural? Aug 13

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Are these sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. In the grocery store, she selects ripe fruit by smelling / sniffing them.

    2. I donít have that detail handy, do you have it?


    3. I will be interested in hearing your thoughts on this issue.


    Thanks,
    MG
    1. Using the plural "them" would feel better with a plural word, like pieces. She selects ripe pieces of fruit, perhaps.
    2. Comma splice. You could also just say "Do you?" wihtout "have it."
    3. Fine.
    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? Aug 13

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Are these sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. In the grocery store, she selects ripe fruit by smelling / sniffing them. I would use "it" instead of "them".
    2. I donít have that detail handy, do you have it? OK or "those details"/"them", depending on context.

    3. I will be interested in hearing your thoughts on this issue.
    I would use "would" in place of "will" if it isn't certain that the person's thoughts will be provided.

    Thanks,
    MG
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