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    Peter dropped out of university

    I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural.

    Peter dropped out of university after two years - the decision which he would bitterly regret when he had to work all kind of manual work to support himself.

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    Re: Peter dropped out of university

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural.

    Peter dropped out of university after two years, the a decision which he would come to bitterly regret when he had to work take on all kind sorts of manual work to support himself.
    See above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Peter dropped out of university

    Change the to a. Change work to do. Change kind to kinds.

    Edit: See post #2 above.

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    Re: Peter dropped out of university

    emsr2d2,
    Thank you for your correction.
    I am wondering about "come to". Is there any grammatical explanation why I could not use "would bitterly regret, but need also "come to"?

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    Re: Peter dropped out of university

    It's another way of saying "... a decision that he would later regret". Presumably, he didn't regret his decision instantly. Indeed, your post says that he had to take several manual jobs. It is likely that he regretted the decision a little more each time he realised he was stuck with another menial job.
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    Re: Peter dropped out of university

    I would say that come to regret is a collocation. That's also why it sounds good.

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    Re: Peter dropped out of university

    jutfrank,

    You are right. It's a collocation. I have probably read it many times in my dictionary. The problem is that I could not remember to use it when I needed it. If emsr2d2 did not tell me, I would probably never come upon it myself.

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    Re: Peter dropped out of university

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    If emsr2d2 did had not tell told me, I would probably never have come upon it myself.
    See above.
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    #9

    Re: Peter dropped out of university

    GoesStation,
    Thank you for correcting the above sentence.
    My initial thought was to use "had" but I wrongly believed I could use "did".

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    Re: Peter dropped out of university

    Would bitterly regret is not wrong- it is a question of improvement rather than correction to me, and it does improve things IMO.
    Last edited by teechar; 27-Mar-2017 at 18:30.

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