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    #1

    melted into conversation

    Hello

    Would you please tell me if the following sentences meaning "they had a deep conversation" are natural English?

    -They were melted into conversation and didn't notice our presence.
    -Their conversation had quite bloomed and didn't notice lapse of time.

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    #2

    Re: melted into conversation

    Neither is natural.

    ​They were so immersed in their conversation that they ...

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    #3

    Re: melted into conversation

    The second sentence says that the conversation was unobservant. Is that possible?
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: melted into conversation

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Neither is natural.

    ​They were so immersed in their conversation that they ...
    Or absorbed. (I wonder if that's where the translation "melted" came from.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: melted into conversation

    "They melted into conversation" sounds quite creative and poetic. I like it. To me it describes a process of becoming engaged in flowing conversation.

    EDIT: It seems Mark Twain used the phrase "melted into conversation". No wonder I like how it sounds.
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    #6

    Re: melted into conversation

    I take your point, bubbha, but let's not encourage students and learners to think it's colloquial and natural in modern English.
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