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- The Professor selected the best students from his class.
- The Professor chose the best students from his class.
- The Professor creamed off the best students in his class.
- The Professor picked the best students out of his class.
- The Professor narrowed down the class, choosing the best students.
Are these sentences good and do they mean the same concept?
Which is the most natural for a mothertongue?
Do they sound good both in American and in British English?
Thank you very much for your replies.
dilodi, please note that 'a mothertongue' is incorrect.
You need to say 'a native speaker'.
Why isn't the third good? In what context would you use it?
The third would be fine in BrE and, apparently, to some in AmE: cream off - definition. American English definition of cream off by Macmillan Dictionary
I've never heard that one before. I understood the intended meaning (skimming the cream off the top). Glad to know it's good in BrE though.
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.