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    #1

    On the occasion of his retirement

    I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural.

    On the occasion of his retirement, David received from his company a gold watch and a letter of appreciation.

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    Re: On the occasion of his retirement

    It's OK though I find the word order in the second half a little clunky even though it's grammatical. Most people would say "... David received a gold watch and a letter of appreciation from his company". The first part is rather formal. I'd use "For his retirement ..." or "At his retirement party ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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