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    #1

    Conversational English.

    John: Does anyone know Joe will study in a vocational school?
    Mary: No, he decides to be a worker in the factory.

    Is the English in the above dialog correct?
    I need native speakers' help.

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    #2

    Re: Conversational English.

    I would change "decides" to "decided".

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    Re: Conversational English.

    Nancy: Does anyone know if the sun is bigger than the moon?
    Tom: No, it's not.

    Is the English in the above dialog correct?
    I need native speakers' help.

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    #4

    Re: Conversational English.

    The English is correct. Tom is not.

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    #5

    Re: Conversational English.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I would change "decides" to "decided".
    Are any differences between "decided" and "made a decision"? If not, which one is better for academic writing?
    Please, show me every single one of my mistakes. Thank you.

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    #6

    Re: Conversational English.

    They are both OK for academic writing.

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    #7

    Re: Conversational English.

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    John: Does anyone know Joe will study in a vocational school?

    It should be Does anyone know if/whether Joe will study....

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    #8

    Re: Conversational English.

    Quote Originally Posted by NortT View Post
    Are there any differences between ...
    See above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: Conversational English.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    John: Does anyone know if/whether [thanks to post 7] Joe is going to study at a vocational school?

    Mary: I do. He has decided to work in a factory.

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