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    #1

    Keep sth under wraps

    I have tried to use "keep sth under wraps" in my sentence. I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural.

    Bob fathered two children with two mistresses, which he kept under wraps.

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    #2

    Re: Keep sth under wraps

    It doesn't work. What does "which" refer to, the mistresses, the children, or the fathering?
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    #3

    Re: Keep sth under wraps

    I feel also that my sentence does not sound correct, but I don't how to rephrase it properly. "Which" should refer to the children.

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    Re: Keep sth under wraps

    Try the following.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Bob fathered two children with two mistresses, which he different women and kept the whole thing under wraps.

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    #5

    Re: Keep sth under wraps

    teechar,

    Thank you, but in you version we don't know who those women were. They could be women he met just once. Could I use "lovers" to be more precise?
    Would this sentence be correct:
    Bob fathered two children with two lovers and kept the whole thing under wraps.

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    #6

    Re: Keep sth under wraps

    That's fine too.

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    Re: Keep sth under wraps

    I think "mistresses" is OK, though it's probably not used much these days.
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    #8

    Re: Keep sth under wraps

    Bob had two [extra-marital] affairs, both of which resulted in an [illegitimate] child; he kept all this secret.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: Keep sth under wraps

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I have tried to use "keep sth under wraps" in my sentence. I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural.

    Bob fathered two children with two mistresses, which he kept under wraps.
    Despite all the commentary to the contrary, I find your sentence correct and natural. The "which" refers to the implied fact that he kept these things under wraps.

    It is certainly something I would say.

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    #10

    Re: Keep sth under wraps

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I think "mistresses" is OK, though it's probably not used much these days.
    You have forgotten the Mistress of All Evil. She is still alive and kicking.

    (in reference to Sleeping Beauty)

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    Last edited by andrewg927; 12-Apr-2017 at 07:54.

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