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    #1

    The woman sized me up

    I am wondering if my sentences sound natural. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    1.The woman sized me up as if I were a bull on a cattle market.
    2. The man eyed me from head to toe and told his companion that I was probably a pickpocket.
    3. The policeman stood at the corner observing the traffic and passersby.

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    #2

    Re: The woman sized me up

    Change "on a cattle market" to "in a cattle market". Everything else is fine.
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    #3

    Re: The woman sized me up

    The first one doesn't seem quite right. Perhaps:

    The woman sized me up as if I were a bull about to be auctioned to the highest bidder.

    The other two are OK.

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    #4

    Re: The woman sized me up

    The first, with bhai's correction, sounds fine to me.

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    #5

    Re: The woman sized me up

    My mom grew up on a farm. You only keep a bull around for one reason.

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    #6

    Re: The woman sized me up

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    The first, with bhai's correction, sounds fine to me.
    Yes, it sounds fine to me, too. Tarheel also has a nice way with words, but with Bhai's correction, what you have is good, Bassim.
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