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    #1

    They consult our interests.

    They consult our interests.
    The above sentence is quoted from TOEFL-iBT Advanced Vocabulary, edited by a Taiwanese teacher of English. It is listed under the entry consult as an example. There is no further context. What does the sentence They consult our interests mean?
    Last edited by sitifan; 01-Oct-2015 at 06:23.
    I need native speakers' help.

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    #2

    Re: They consult our interests.

    I take it to mean 'They consult us about our interests', but I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: They consult our interests.

    I agree with Matthew. The book's sentence is unnatural.

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    #4

    Re: They consult our interests.

    You normally say you consult someone, an expert, a reference book, an authority, etc. I have not heard of "to consult interests".
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: They consult our interests.

    I think 'They sound out our interests' is better, but I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: They consult our interests.

    Off-topic, Matthew. The thread is about 'consult'.

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    #7

    Re: They consult our interests.

    How is an alternative suggestion off-topic?

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    #8

    Re: They consult our interests.

    The source quoted by sitifan used the sentence to exemplify 'consult'. That's the word under discussion. Alternative suggestions using 'consult' are fine.

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    #9

    Re: They consult our interests.

    I disagree. The members here often offer alternative suggestions to the OP's original language.

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    #10

    Re: They consult our interests.

    An alternative suggestion that include "consult" had already been made in post #2.
    I think that's Rover's point.

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