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    John had a tattoo done on his forehead

    I am wondering if my sentences sound natural.

    John had a tattoo done on his forehead, which he regretted later. Whenever he went for a job interview, they gaped at it as if it were a peculiar outgrowth. They never called him again.

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    Re: John had a tattoo done on his forehead

    It's fine. You could also use:

    - John had a tattoo on his forehead . . . .

    - John got a tattoo on his forehead . . . .

    There's probably a standard verb for applying tattoos, but I don't know what it is. Cut? Inked? Stabbed​?
    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: John had a tattoo done on his forehead

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I am wondering if my sentences sound natural.

    John had a tattoo done on his forehead, which he regretted later. Whenever he went for a job interview, they gaped at it as if it were a peculiar outgrowth. They never called him again.
    A few years ago, John got a tattoo on his forehead, which he later regretted. Whenever he applied for a job, interviewers gawped/stared at it as if it were a peculiar growth. He never got called back.

    I've made a few structural and word changes. What do you think?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: John had a tattoo done on his forehead

    I can only say that you have a great feeling for your mother tongue. I am glad that there are people like you and other teachers on this forum willing to help learners who want to learn English.

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    Re: John had a tattoo done on his forehead

    Later? Obviously not the fastest mind.

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