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    determined in the decision of pursuing / determinedin his decision to pursue

    Which of the following sentences is more idiomatic?

    1_ He was consistent and determined in the decision of pursuing his education in this field.2_ He was consistent and determined in his decision to pursue his education in this field.

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    Re: determined in the decision of pursuing / determinedin his decision to pursue

    The second is fine.

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    Re: determined in the decision of pursuing / determinedin his decision to pursue

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    The second is fine.
    What is "idiomatic" about either sentence?

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    Re: determined in the decision of pursuing / determinedin his decision to pursue

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    What is "idiomatic" about either sentence?
    Is it strange to use the second sentence?

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    Re: determined in the decision of pursuing / determinedin his decision to pursue

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan. View Post
    Is it strange to use the second sentence?
    No, it is not considered strange. Does it seem strange to you?
    Last edited by Amigos4; 27-Jan-2014 at 21:13. Reason: typo correction

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    Re: determined in the decision of pursuing / determinedin his decision to pursue

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    No, it is not considered strange. Does it seem strange to you?
    No. Since you brought up that question in post #3, I thought it might not be natural to be used.

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    Re: determined in the decision of pursuing / determinedin his decision to pursue

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan. View Post
    No. Since you brought up that question in post #3, I thought it might not be natural to be used.
    Ryan, my question in post #3 refers to the definition of "idiomatic". I don't think either sentence is idiomatic. You can find examples of idiomatic phrases here.

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    Re: determined in the decision of pursuing / determinedin his decision to pursue

    Quote Originally Posted by Amigos4 View Post
    Ryan, my question in post #3 refers to the definition of "idiomatic". I don't think either sentence is idiomatic. You can find examples of idiomatic phrases here.
    Thanks a lot. I judged your question by the second definition of "Idiomatic" presented in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English:

    1-"an idiom"
    2-"Typical of the natural way in which someone speaks or writes when they are using their own language" [Longman Dictionary of Contemporary]

    Also according to Macmillan English Dictionary for Advanced Learners:
    "1-expressing things in a way that sounds natural: an idiomatic translation.
    2-containing idioms or consisting of an idiom"

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    Re: determined in the decision of pursuing / determinedin his decision to pursue

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan. View Post
    Thanks a lot. I judged your question by the second definition of "Idiomatic" presented in Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English:

    1-"an idiom"
    2-"Typical of the natural way in which someone speaks or writes when they are using their own language" [Longman Dictionary of Contemporary]

    Also according to Macmillan English Dictionary for Advanced Learners:
    "1-expressing things in a way that sounds natural: an idiomatic translation.
    2-containing idioms or consisting of an idiom"
    You may have 'jumped the gun' by not looking at the word "idiom" before looking up "idiomatic". Look here.

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    Re: determined in the decision of pursuing / determinedin his decision to pursue

    Quote Originally Posted by Amigos4 View Post
    You may have 'jumped the gun' by not looking at the word "idiom" before looking up "idiomatic". Look here.
    I am confused a little. Did I get the second definition in Longman and the first one in Macmillan wrong? . I thought the word "idiomatic" meant natural and not strange in the sentence I used in the first post. Please correct me if I am wrong.

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