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    Questions regarding a sentence

    Hi:

    I came across this sentence "I look forward to my birthday when my inheritence is due"

    It seems a bit obscure to me because if I were to express the same meaning, I'd probably say,

    "I look forward to my birthday because that's when my inheritence is due"

    So from a native speaker's perspective, is the original sentence rather formal, writing-based or less common?
    In what situation would you use a sentence like that?

    Thank you!

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    Re: Questions regarding a sentence

    Hello,

    Yes, in my opinion the first sentence sounds a bit more formal. As an American, the first sentence sounds a bit more British to me. The second sentence sounds more informal and a bit more American to my ears.

    In regards to when you would use a sentence like this, a British English or American English speaker would defenitely use this format when writing.
    Last edited by InPerfectEnglish; 28-Apr-2013 at 12:54.

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    Re: Questions regarding a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by InPerfectEnglish View Post
    a British English or American English speaker would definitely use this format when writing.
    This speaker of Br E would use either, with a comma and a full stop:

    "I look forward to my birthday, when my inheritance is due."
    "I look forward to my birthday, because that's when my inheritance is due."
    Last edited by 5jj; 28-Apr-2013 at 20:27. Reason: typo

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    Re: Questions regarding a sentence

    LeTyan, a better title would have been 'I look forward to my birthday'.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: Questions regarding a sentence

    This BrE speaker would use "I'm looking forward to" rather than "I look forward to" when talking about this kind of event. I only use the latter at the end of formal letters, in "I look forward to hearing from you".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Questions regarding a sentence

    There's another possibility - that the birthday being looked forward to is still in the future by a few years.
    "Oh tomorrow is your birthday! How will you celebrate?"
    "We'll go out to dinner, and it will be nice, I'm looking forward to 2015 when I turn 21. That is, I'm looking forward to my birthday when my inheritance is due."
    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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