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    #1

    The surgeon, who was in a hurry

    I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural.

    The surgeon, who was in a hurry, had forgotten a swab in the patient's stomach.

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    #2

    Re: The surgeon, who was in a hurry

    I think the sentence would be clearer as follows:

    The surgeon, who was in a hurry, had forgotten to remove a swab left in the patient's stomach.
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    #3

    Re: The surgeon, who was in a hurry

    I'd use "... had left a swab in ...". Of course, there needs to be a good reason to use the past perfect.

    The following is also natural:

    The surgeon, who was in a hurry, left a swab in the patient's stomach.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: The surgeon, who was in a hurry

    The surgeon, remembering his anatomy despite being in a hurry, left a swab in the patient's abdomen.

    We use the word stomach conversationally to describe the region every doctor knows is the abdomen.
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    Re: The surgeon, who was in a hurry

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The surgeon, remembering his anatomy despite being in a hurry, left a swab in the patient's abdomen.
    I don't get the underlined bit.

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    #6

    Re: The surgeon, who was in a hurry

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    I don't get the underlined bit.
    Maybe I should have inserted a smiley. I was trying to point out that it's unlikely the surgeon left a swab in a patient's stomach. That sort of accident usually happens in the abdominal cavity, commonly known as the abdomen, in which the stomach resides.
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    #7

    Re: The surgeon, who was in a hurry

    Okay, now I see that "abdomen" was in bold in post #4.
    For the benefit of our learners, GoesStation was being humorous in post #4. The correct sentence is the one provided by emsr2d2 in post #3.

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