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    Gina's parents came unbidden

    I am wondering if my sentences sound natural. I have tried to use "unbidden" in my sentence. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    Gina's parents came unbidden, causing her real trouble. She had to run to the supermarket to buy food and drink, and blamed herself for answering the door at all.

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    Re: Gina's parents came unbidden

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I am wondering if my sentences sound natural. I have tried to use "unbidden" in my sentence. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    Gina's parents came uninvited, causing her real trouble. She had to run to the supermarket to buy food and drinks and blamed herself for answering the door at all.
    As Robert says, "unbidden" is an old-fashioned-sounding word that isn't used much anymore - except to sound old-fashioned.

    Likewise, the phrase "food and drink" has also passed it's gone-by date - at least in American English. In conversation, we would pluralize "drink." (And we would never say "beverages"!)
    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: Gina's parents came unbidden

    "Food and drink" (un-pluralised) is fine in BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Gina's parents came unbidden

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Food and drink" (un-pluralised) is fine in BrE.
    I suspected as much.
    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: Gina's parents came unbidden

    "Uninvited" is probably not suitable with one's parents. How about "unannounced"?
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    Re: Gina's parents came unbidden

    That would work fine in BrE.

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