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    A question from native English speaker

    Hi, I would like to ask a native speaker to take a look at these sentences and see if they're correct in English or not. They're just from a piece of writing that I wrote.

    1- I remember last year, one of my best friends was graduating from university and I was supposed to throw a surprising graduation party for her at her own place. (Is it correct to say sb was graduating from university?)

    2- The only person being aware of this was her mother.

    3- I was suddenly aroused by her mom's call. (here I want to say I overslept and I suddenly woke up but I don't wanna use woke up I want another word if you know what I mean!, Can I say arouse? or it's not used like this in English?)

    Thank you very much in advance
    Mary
    Last edited by MaryamAbbasi; 30-Jun-2013 at 18:27.

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    Re: A question from native English speaker

    1- I remember last year, one of my best friends was graduating from university and I was supposed to throw a surprise graduation party for her at her [own] place.

    2- The only person [being] aware of this was her mother.

    3- I was suddenly aroused (roused/woken/awoken) by her mom's call.

    Aroused means to be made excited in some way, when already awake.

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    Re: A question from native English speaker

    How is this a question from a native English speaker when your profile says your native language is Persian?

    Please go back and use the Edit Post feature to change 'wanna' to 'want to'.

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    Re: A question from native English speaker

    Hi Rover,
    I'm sorry. By "from" I meant "for". I'm not native, I wanted a native speaker to answer my question, I made a mistake.

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    Re: A question from native English speaker

    Hi,
    Thanks a lot for your reply. :)

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    Re: A question from native English speaker

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    How is this a question from a native English speaker when your profile says your native language is Persian?

    Please go back and use the Edit Post feature to change 'wanna' to 'want to'.

    Rover
    I've corrected it and changed it to want to. Now could you please comment on my question? I would like to know your opinion. thanks a lot

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    Re: A question from native English speaker

    Quote Originally Posted by MaryamAbbasi View Post
    Hi, I would like to ask a native speaker to take a look at these sentences and see if they're correct in English or not. They're just from a piece of writing that I wrote.

    1- I remember last year, one of my best friends was graduating from university and I was supposed to throw a surprising surprise graduation party for her at her own place. (Is it correct to say sb was graduating from university?)
    - Yes, it's fine to say that someone is "graduating from university". It is possible to graduate from other institutions so it's good to be specific.
    - We throw a "surprise party", not a "surprising party".

    2- The only person being aware of this was her mother.
    In the right context, that sounds fine to me.

    3- I was suddenly aroused by her mom's call. (here I want to say I overslept and I suddenly woke up but I don't wanna use woke up I want another word if you know what I mean!, Can I say arouse? or it's not used like this in English?)
    No! Don't used "aroused" like this unless you want a few people to laugh. Whilst it is true that you arouse someone from their sleep, the most common meaning of the word "arouse" is sexual. You really don't want to say that you became sexually excited by a call from someone's mother! Say "I was suddenly awoken by ..."

    Thank you very much in advance.
    Mary
    See my comments above in red.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A question from native English speaker

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    See my comments above in red.
    Thanks a million emsr2d2 :)

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    Re: A question from native English speaker

    Maryam, instead of sending your thanks in a separate message and quoting our replies back to us, just click the Like button, please.

    The reason is that it is flagged as a new post, so we think you might have a follow-up question or something to add. Those of us with slow internet connections and/or old computers have to waste valuable time waiting for it to appear.

    Thank you.

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