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    Smile Does this sentence sound natural?

    Hello everyone,

    Does this sentence sound natural?

    Hey buddy! How's life? Hope you are doing well. I'm quite sure you are anxious to know why I called you too late at night, and you tried to reach me, but as you know, I was on my way to Spain. Let me explain it to you.

    If it's ok, would you tell me how I can say this part in bold in a more surprising way?Thanks in advance.
    I wish I had better English, but I work hard to improve it. I'm studying for IGCSE, so I'm only interested in BrE.

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    Re: Does this sentence sound natural?

    Quote Originally Posted by saloom2 View Post
    Hello everyone,

    Does this sentence sound natural?

    Hey buddy! How's life? Hope you are doing well. I'm quite sure you are anxious to know why I called you too late at night, and you tried to reach me, but as you know, I was on my way to Spain. Let me explain it to you.

    If it's ok, would you tell me how I can say this part in bold in a more surprising way?Thanks in advance.
    "Let me explain it to you" is fine. Why do you want it to be more surprising? By the way, at the moment it is not surprising at all so it won't be difficult to make it more surprising.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Does this sentence sound natural?

    What about the rest? Are they natural? Thanks a lot.
    I wish I had better English, but I work hard to improve it. I'm studying for IGCSE, so I'm only interested in BrE.

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    Re: Does this sentence sound natural?

    The only word I would change completely is "too". "Too late" for what? Perhaps you meant "... why I called you so late last night" or "... why I called you very late last night".
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    Re: Does this sentence sound natural?

    Saloom, you have been a member long enough to know that

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

    A good title for this would have been 'Let me explain it to you'.

    Rover

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    Re: Does this sentence sound natural?

    I mean here that late which can make one annoyed. Sorry Rover, I have forgotten to add it to the title.
    I wish I had better English, but I work hard to improve it. I'm studying for IGCSE, so I'm only interested in BrE.

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    Re: Does this sentence sound natural?

    Quote Originally Posted by saloom2 View Post
    I mean here that late which can make one annoyed.
    Then you need to say "so late". The suggestion is that it was perhaps unacceptably late.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Does this sentence sound natural?

    Quote Originally Posted by saloom2 View Post
    Let me explain it to you.

    If it's ok, would you tell me how I can say this part in bold in a more surprising way?
    Some things you might hear in the United States to introduce a surprising or exciting story are:
    Well have I got a story for you!
    Well hold/hang on to your hat!

    These are almost so common as to be cliches, so don't use them too often!
    However, you could change the last one up to relate to the specific audience or recipient of the statement and maybe insert a little bit of humor, e.g.:
    Hold on to your tiaras, princesses!
    Hang on to your
    kaffiyeh, my friend!
    etc....

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    Re: Does this sentence sound natural?

    You'll/you'd never guess how that happened.

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    Re: Does this sentence sound natural?

    You won't believe what happened. I hope you're sitting down!
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