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    #1

    I can be counted upon to finish what I start.

    Hello,

    I can be counted upon to finish what I start.

    I think the above blue sentence is not really natural. What's the natural way to say the above sentence?
    In the blue sentence I want to say that I really care for my job.

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    Re: I can be counted upon to finish what I start.

    Counted on would be more natural, but it's not unacceptable as is. (We don't use "upon" very often.)

    You could say I always finish what I start. That statement probably isn't literally true because occasionally outside forces intervene to make finishing something impossible, but saying I always try to finish what I start​ doesn't sound very positive.
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    Re: I can be counted upon to finish what I start.

    Quote Originally Posted by xiaoen View Post
    I can be counted upon to finish what I start.
    Does it have to be in the passive?
    The active sounds OK to me:
    You can count on me to finish what I start.

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    Re: I can be counted upon to finish what I start.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    but it's not unacceptable as is.
    Excuse me, I didn't understand your meaning here. What do you mean?

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    Re: I can be counted upon to finish what I start.

    '...it's not unacceptable' means 'it is acceptable, but with some reservations and is not completely and irrefutably acceptable'. (GoesStation's slight demurral concerns 'upon'.)
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 07-Dec-2016 at 19:02.

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    #6

    Re: I can be counted upon to finish what I start.

    Quote Originally Posted by xiaoen View Post
    Excuse me, I didn't understand your meaning here. What do you mean?
    "As is" means as you wrote it in this context. In general it means "in its current state or condition".
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