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    #1

    Microdialogues: are they natural?

    Do these microdialogues sound natural (or rather strange)?
    1) - Meg, ˈAnn ˈHill is in.
    - Letís see Ann.
    - Letís.

    2)
    - Meg, ˈAnn is in.
    - Ann Hill?
    - Yes.
    - ˈLetís see Ann at once.
    - Letís.
    Last edited by englishhobby; 01-Aug-2014 at 15:31.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: Microdialogues: are they natural?

    They sound rather strange to me.

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    #3

    Re: Microdialogues: are they natural?

    Do you mean this?

    Person 1: Meg, Ann is here.
    Meg: Ann Hill?
    Person 1: Yes (or, Yes, Ann Hill)
    Meg: Okay - Let's get Ann in here right away. or "I'll see Ann right away."
    Person 1: Okay. (or You got it, or a few other things, including "I'll go [and] get her.")
    Last edited by Barb_D; 01-Aug-2014 at 16:32.
    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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