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    #1

    to select and others

    - 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.

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    #2

    Re: to select and others

    Any help?

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    #3

    Re: to select and others

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    - 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.
    The first two are the best; "in" could also be used. The third is not good. The fourth would be OK, but "out" is confusing. I would use "from" or "in". The fifth is odd.

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    #4

    Re: to select and others

    dilodi, please note that 'a mothertongue' is incorrect.

    You need to say 'a native speaker'.

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    #5

    Re: to select and others

    Why isn't the third good? In what context would you use it?

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    #6

    Re: to select and others

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    Why isn't the third good? In what context would you use it?
    I doubt that I would ever use. It sounds like cooking class.

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    #7

    Re: to select and others

    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



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    #8

    Re: to select and others

    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.

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