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    Verb "latch"

    I feel that my sentence does not sound natural, but I cannot point out where I made the mistake. Would you please correct it? I tried to use "latched onto" symbolically, but I am not sure if it sounds natural.

    The man latched onto the bottle of wine like a baby onto the bottle of milk.

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    Re: Verb "latch"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I feel that my sentence does not sound natural, but I cannot point out where I made the mistake. Would you please correct it? I tried to use "latched onto" symbolically, but I am not sure if it sounds natural.

    The man latched onto the bottle of wine like a baby onto a bottle of milk.
    That's a good, strong image. Aside from making that the an a, I wouldn't change a thing!
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Verb "latch"

    Thank you Charlie,
    I have to tell you that I am still not sure if my sentences sound natural whenever I am using similes in English, but I feel I have to try and write them if I want to learn English properly.

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    Re: Verb "latch"

    Yup, that's the only way to get it right.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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