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    #1

    Naturalness of the following conversation

    The following conversation:

    Clara: What happened just now, Mark? You werne't very kind when you were talking with Ted. What do you have against him?
    Mark: I just don't like him at all.
    Clara: Why? Is there something in particular?
    Mark: Well, he has such a mean streak in him! I went to his office to ask him for some help, and he simply turned up his nose at me! I was so angry that I wanted to slap him! He wasn't like that before he got the job. Now he's such a snob!
    Clara: You want my advice? Let it go.
    Mark: Of course, logically I know you're right, but somehow I just can't bring myself to forget it. Even the mention of his name starts me fuming.


    sounds quite unnatural (particularly "turned up his nose at me", "bring myself to forget it", "starts me fuming", etc). Does native speakers talk like that? I have never heard people talking like this. I need to cross-check.

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    #2

    Re: Naturalness of the following conversation

    It sounds like someone has tried to write the way people speak. However, it doesn't seem that unnatural to me. Turn your nose up is OK in British English. I wouldn't say gets me fuming.

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    Re: Naturalness of the following conversation

    It sounds fairly natural to me, though the first couple of lines are a little stilted given the rest of the conversation. A natural, casual conversation between two people who know each other well might be:

    - I can't stand him!
    - Why?
    - He's so mean. I asked him for a bit of help and he sneered at me/blanked me. I wanted to slap him! He's turned into such a snob since he started this job.
    - My advice - let it go.
    - Yeah, I know. I'd love to but I can't - I can't even stand hearing his name.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: Naturalness of the following conversation

    I think the website is using British english. That is why it sounded different.

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    #5

    Re: Naturalness of the following conversation

    Quote Originally Posted by amishera View Post
    I think the website is using British English english. That is why it sounded different.
    Both members who replied to your original post are British.

    Note my correction above.
    I am not a teacher.

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