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    The good looks of the accused

    I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    The good looks of the accused did not square with the crimes he committed.

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    Re: The good looks of the accused

    After "did not square", I'd be inclined to use "he had committed" but your version is not wrong.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The good looks of the accused

    Whether it sounds natural or not is hardly the point. It is certainly natural.

    But what on earth does the looks of the accused have to do with his guilt or innocence? Do you imagine that good-looking people are less likely to be guilty? If you were on the jury trying the guy would his looks make you less likely to find him quilty? The use of "square with" here is absolutely incorrect for reasons of logic, not for reasons of English usage. Are there crimes that only ugly people commit?
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    Re: The good looks of the accused

    I partly agree with probus' point but not entirely. Whilst I don't think most people think that good-looking people are less likely to be guilty, I think it is the case that if people were shown a photo of an angelic-looking, wide-eyed person who appears to be, to all intents and purposes, a "nice person", and they were then told that that person had committed a string of grisly murders, they would probably be very surprised. It's human nature, as a rule.
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