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    #1

    In his hurry to catch

    I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural.

    In his hurry to catch the plane, John had forgotten his passport at home.
    Last edited by Bassim; 05-Apr-2017 at 07:59.

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    #2

    Re: In his hurry to catch

    In BrE, that doesn't work. We don't forget something + somewhere. We just forget something. As soon as we add the location, we use the verb "leave".

    John had forgotten his passport.
    John had [accidentally] left his passport at home.

    By the way, you have a typo in the first word of your sentence.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: In his hurry to catch

    I'm with ems, Bassim, but when our American friends wake up in 5+ hours, they'll tell you that your sentence is just fine in AmE.

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    #4

    Re: In his hurry to catch

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    In his hurry to catch the plane, John had forgotten his passport at home.
    That sounds OK to me (a speaker of BrE) these days. I don't know whether this is because it has become acceptable in BrE in recent years or, perhaps more likely, because I have lived out of England for nearly twenty years, and heard this use of 'forget' so many times from learners and American colleagues that I now find it natural.

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    #5

    Re: In his hurry to catch

    This speaker of American English finds he left his passport at home preferable, but forgot is acceptable.
    I am not a teacher.

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