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    lost touch

    Are these sentences natural English?

    How time flies! The seasons change fast and it have passed more than 10 years in a twinkling of an eye. After college, each went his own way. We all went to live in different parts of the country and gradually we lost touch.

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    Re: lost touch

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    Hello, Ashiuhto:

    My respectful suggestion:

    How time flies! Ten years has passed in a twinkling of an eye. After college, each of us went their own way. Living in different parts of the country, we gradually lost touch.


    NOTES:

    1. I see no need to mention the seasons.
    2. I said "Ten years has ...." instead of "have" because I am thinking of a period of time, but maybe others would prefer "have."
    3. In 2014, it is a VERY good idea to say "Each of us went their own way" instead of "his own way." Since the 1960's, the use of "his" in such a sentence violates the desire to be gender-neutral. (Personally, the use of "their" in such a sentence drives me crazy, but most people here in United States are now accustomed to it and EXPECT it! Using "his" in a such a sentence would offend many people.)



    James


    P.S. Of course, if all your fellow graduates were male, then "his" would be appropriate. Furthermore, you could simply reword the sentence: "All of us went our own way."
    Last edited by TheParser; 29-Aug-2014 at 14:58. Reason: Added a P.S.

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    #3

    Re: lost touch

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    the use of "their" in such a sentence drives me crazy
    Would you use his/her instead?

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    Re: lost touch

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    Hello, Mr. Wai:

    I guess that I would use "his / her" instead of "their" if I had to.

    But I would reword my sentence if possible to avoid "his / her," too.




    James
    Last edited by TheParser; 29-Aug-2014 at 17:08. Reason: I did some heavy editing.

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    Re: lost touch

    I would, Matthew.

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    Re: lost touch

    I'd say 'Each of us went our own way'.

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