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    #1

    Prepare for school.

    Hello.

    Are these phrase good English?

    After my breakfast I prepare to go to the school
    After my breakfast I prepare myself for the school.

    My brother wrote them and asked me to correct. I told him that if a sentence sounds well in Russian it doesn't mean that sentence will sound in English as well as in Russian. I wrote simply: After my breakfast I go to the school.

    My question is:

    Do my brother's sentences sound natural? What would you write if my sentence isn't good English.

    Thanks in advance.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #2

    Re: Prepare for school.

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Hello.

    Are these phrases good English?

    After my breakfast I prepare to go to the school
    After my breakfast I prepare myself for the school.

    My brother wrote them and asked me to correct them. I told him that if a sentence sounds well good in Russian it doesn't mean that sentence will also sound good in English. as well as in Russian. I wrote simply: After my breakfast I go to the school.

    My question is:

    Do my brother's sentences sound natural? What would you write if my sentence isn't good English?

    Thanks in advance.
    For a start, we say "go to school", not "go to the school".

    I find "prepare" to be far too formal.

    After breakfast, I get ready for school.
    After breakfast, I get ready to go to school.

    Remember that things don't sound well in a language, they sound good (or bad).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Prepare for school.

    Thank you.
    I don't understand why we can't say "go to the school". As far as I read we say "go to the University" or "to the school" if we go there as a pupil. It's probably wrong, but I remember it clearly.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #4

    Re: Prepare for school.

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Thank you.
    I don't understand why we can't say "go to the school". As far as I read we say "go to the University" or "to the school" if we go there as a pupil. It's probably wrong, but I remember it clearly.
    You remember it backwards.

    I go to school -- I go there as a student to study. (A teacher could use that too - I have to get to school at 6:30 am.)
    I go to church -- I go there for the purpose of religious obervance

    I go to the school/the church ... -- You are going to that building. I go to the school at 1 pm to pick up the recycling after each lunch and I go to the church on Elm Street at 3 pm to do the same.
    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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    #5

    Re: Prepare for school.

    Thank you.

    Something wrong today. It seems like I got up on the wrong side of the bed.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #6

    Re: Prepare for school.

    Some days, just getting up at all makes me feel I got up on the wrong side!
    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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