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    natural or unnatural English?

    As a Chinese, I need to know whether the following two sentences are natural or unnatural. Thanks a lot.

    1. America is an immigration country.
    2. Losing your credit cards may bring you trouble.

    maoyueh

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    Re: natural or unnatural English?

    Quote Originally Posted by maoyueh View Post
    As a Chinese, I need to know whether the following two sentences are natural or unnatural. Thanks a lot.

    1. America is an immigration country. Not natural
    2. Losing your credit cards may bring you trouble. Acceptable

    maoyueh
    America is a country of immigrants.
    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: natural or unnatural English?

    Quote Originally Posted by maoyueh View Post
    As a Chinese, I need to know whether the following two sentences are natural or unnatural. Thanks a lot.

    1. America is an immigration country.
    2. Losing your credit cards may bring you trouble.

    maoyueh
    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    America is a country of immigrants.
    I don't think 'bring you trouble' is natural. I think the more common, natural way to say it would be 'losing your credit cards may cause you trouble.'
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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    Re: natural or unnatural English?

    You are not "a Chinese." You are a Chinese man or a Chinese woman. Or a Chinese person.

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    Re: natural or unnatural English?

    Also, you don't need to know whether your sentences are natural or not specifically because you are Chinese. You simply need to know them because you are a learner of English. You could have started your post with "I would like to know ..."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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