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    their ability

    1 Their ability to always do the right thing at the right time is astonishing.
    2 Their ability of always doing the right thing at the right time astonishes me.
    3 Their ability on always doing the right thing at the right time appears (to be) astonishing to me.

    Are they all correct?

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    #2

    Re: their ability

    Only 1 works for me.

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    #3

    Re: their ability

    What's the mistake in #2, "astonishes me" or "ability of doing"?

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    #4

    Re: their ability

    Ability of doing.
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    #5

    Re: their ability

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Only 1 works for me.
    What about the sentences below?

    (1) It astonishes me that they always do the right thing at the right time.
    (2) It is astonishing to me that they always do the right thing at the right time.
    (3) To my astonishment, they always do the right thing at the right time.

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    #6

    Re: their ability

    They are all grammatically correct but not very natural.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: their ability

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    They are all grammatically correct but not very natural.
    They sound pretty natural to me, especially in written English.
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    Re: their ability

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    They are all grammatically correct but not very natural.
    Thank you so much.

    In everyday conversation, I would say, for example, "Those guys are really amazing. They always do the right thing at the right time!"

    What would you say instead of (1), (2), or (3)?

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    Re: their ability

    Quote Originally Posted by bubbha View Post
    They sound pretty natural to me, especially in written English.
    Should I think that "to someone’s astonishment" is used mainly in written English?

    Example: To my astonishment, the car was gone. (Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English)

    What about "in astonishment"?

    Example: She stared at him in astonishment. (Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English)

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    Re: their ability

    Quote Originally Posted by YAMATO2201 View Post

    In everyday conversation, I would say, for example, "Those guys are really amazing. They always do the right thing at the right time!"

    What would you say instead of (1), (2), or (3)?
    I like your wording. I'd probably say the same thing.
    I am not a teacher.

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