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    While hunting, Bob almost accidentally shot

    Would you please correct my mistakes? I feel that my sentences do not sound natural..

    While hunting, Bob almost accidentally shot his friend he mistook for a bear. The man was known under the sobriquet "Bear", thus unknowingly living up to his nickname.

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    Re: While hunting, Bob almost accidentally shot

    He was known by the nickname "Bear."

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    Re: While hunting, Bob almost accidentally shot

    Is it correct in the above sentence to use "sobriquet" to avoid to writing twice "nickname" in the same sentence?

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    Re: While hunting, Bob almost accidentally shot

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    While hunting, Bob almost accidentally shot his friend whom he mistook for a bear. That man's nickname, fittingly, was "Bear".
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    Re: While hunting, Bob almost accidentally shot

    I don't think very many native speakers know the word "sobriquet."

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    #6

    Re: While hunting, Bob almost accidentally shot

    And I'd say "accidentally almost shot," not "almost accidentally shot." That would mean he did shoot him and it wasn't quite an accident!
    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: While hunting, Bob almost accidentally shot

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I don't think very many native speakers know the word "sobriquet."
    Sure we do! It's a dessert, isn't it?
    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: While hunting, Bob almost accidentally shot

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Would you please correct my mistakes? I feel that my sentences do not sound natural..

    While hunting, Bob almost accidentally shot his friend he mistook for a bear. The man was known under the sobriquet "Bear", thus unknowingly living up to his nickname.
    You won't have to say nickname twice if you put the whole thing into one sentence:

    While hunting, Bob nearly accidentally shot his friend, mistaking him for a bear, almost ensuring his friend lived up to his nickname, "Bear".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: While hunting, Bob almost accidentally shot

    Do we need both accidentally and mistook?

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    Re: While hunting, Bob almost accidentally shot

    That's a good point. Also, if he had really mistaken his friend for a bear while out hunting for bear, it wouldn't have been accidental shooting if it had happened. He would have been shooting on purpose at what he thought was a bear.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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