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    Are those sentences correct? Are they written English?

    Are those sentences correct? Are they written English or old-fashioned?

    1.(Given the fact that) a prospective student is bombarded by prospectuses, selecting a suitable course is not easy.
    2.(Given) his age, he's a remarkably fast runner.
    3.(Not that) I don't like the film,(but that) I have no time for it.
    4.Iím in a slightly awkward position (in that) heís not arriving until the 10th.

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    Re: Are those sentences correct? Are they written English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hiya Raymond View Post
    Are those sentences correct? Are they written English or old-fashioned?

    1.(Given the fact that) a prospective student is bombarded by prospectuses, selecting a suitable course is not easy.
    2.(Given) his age, he's a remarkably fast runner.
    3.(Not that) I don't like the film,(but that) I have no time for it.
    4.Iím in a slightly awkward position (in that) heís not arriving until the 10th.

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    Sentences 1 and 2 are correct.

    Sentence 2 would sound more colloquial if you said "he's a remarkably fast runner for his age," although there's nothing wrong with "given."

    Sentence 3 is slightly incorrect if you want to use the words in both sets of parentheses, in which case it should be "It's not that I don't like the film, but that I don't have time." If you kept the beginning the same, you're more likely to hear "not that I don't like the film, I just don't have time for it."

    Sentence 4 is correct. It would sound more colloquial if you replaced 'in that' with 'because,' but again there's nothing wrong with saying it like you have it.

    (not a teacher, just a language lover)
    Last edited by FreeToyInside; 28-Jul-2013 at 09:26. Reason: typo

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    Re: Are those sentences correct? Are they written English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hiya Raymond View Post
    Are those sentences correct? Are they written English or old-fashioned?

    1.(Given the fact that) a prospective student is bombarded by prospectuses, selecting a suitable course is not easy.
    2.(Given) his age, he's a remarkably fast runner.
    3.(Not that) I don't like the film,(but that) I have no time for it.
    4.I’m in a slightly awkward position (in that) he’s not arriving until the 10th.

    Thanks!
    I agree with freetoy, but I would add that the words "the fact" are not needed in sentence 1.

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