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    About an hour

    I am not sure if my sentences are grammatically correct. It is the second sentence that causes me the problem. It my ear it does not sound natural. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    About an hour before the party started, Anna was fully dressed. She did not dare to sit down because she believed her clothes would be wrinkled.

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    Re: About an hour

    They are grammatically correct. The first sentence might sound more natural like this: Anna was fully dressed about an hour before the party started. In the second sentence, I suggest ...would get wrinkled.
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    Re: About an hour

    You should have said "To my ear, it does not sound natural".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: About an hour

    I prefer 'crumpled' or 'creased to 'wrinkled' for clothes.

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    Re: About an hour

    I prefer 'was reluctant to' to 'did not dare to'.
    Last edited by tedmc; 23-Feb-2016 at 05:35.
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    Re: About an hour

    '... did not dare to' sounds natural to this native speaker.

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    Re: About an hour

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    I prefer 'was reluctant to' to 'did not dare to'.
    They're actually not the same thing.
    "Was reluctant to" indicates hesitation.
    "Did not dare to" indicates strong aversion.

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    Re: About an hour

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    They're actually not the same thing.
    "Was reluctant to" indicates hesitation.
    "Did not dare to" indicates strong aversion.
    I know that. I thought "dare" is too strong a word to say one wouldn't sit down to avoid the clothes being crumpled.
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    Re: About an hour

    It isn't. The 'strength' of 'dare' depends on the context.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 23-Feb-2016 at 16:41. Reason: typo

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