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    #1

    The habit of smoking

    I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural.

    John has the habit of smoking as soon as he wakes up.

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    #2

    Re: The habit of smoking

    Better:

    John has a habit of smoking a cigarette as soon as he wakes up.

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    #3

    Re: The habit of smoking

    Tarheel,
    Does that mean that without "a cigarette" my sentence is not clear or correct?
    Last edited by Bassim; 26-Nov-2016 at 23:15.

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    #4

    Re: The habit of smoking

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Tarheel,
    Does that mean that without "a cigarette" my sentence is not clear or correct?
    Smoking is a little too general to work by itself.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: The habit of smoking

    There are certain phrases which, although they don't look clear, would be pretty clear to native speakers if they knew that the context was cigarette smoking.

    John lights up as soon as he wakes up.
    John sparks up as soon as he wakes up.

    The simplest way to explain it is "John has a cigarette as soon as he wakes up".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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