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    David is told by his parents

    I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural.

    David is told by his parents that if he finishes school without any qualifications, he is risking ending up in prison, just as his brother did.

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    #2

    Re: David is told by his parents

    What do you mean by "if he finishes school without any qualifications"?

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    Re: David is told by his parents

    I made a mistake. I should have written like this:

    David is told by his parents that if he leaves school without any qualifications, he is risking ending up in prison, just as his brother did.

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    #4

    Re: David is told by his parents

    I believe you mean "if he leaves high school without a diploma."

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    #5

    Re: David is told by his parents

    Yes, I mean if he leaves school without a diploma, but I do not specify what kind of school.

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    #6

    Re: David is told by his parents

    OK. That's fine. Your sentence is fine.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 24-Apr-2017 at 07:55. Reason: Changing 'Ok' to 'OK'.

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    #7

    Re: David is told by his parents

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I made a mistake. I should have written like this:

    David is told by his parents that if he leaves school without any qualifications, he is risking ending up in prison, just as his brother did.
    That sentence is acceptable as it is.

    The opening present simple passive does not seem very natural to me. Without further context, I'd find 'has been told' more natural.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 24-Apr-2017 at 07:55.

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    Re: David is told by his parents

    It's perfectly possible to "leave/finish school without any qualifications" in the UK. It simply means that someone attends school up to the official leaving age (currently 16 but shortly to change to 18) but fails to pass any of the final exams. If that person chooses to leave school before the official leaving age, we would say they "left school early". That's probably the equivalent of the AmE "dropping out of school" but we don't use that.
    Last edited by teechar; 24-Apr-2017 at 10:58.
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    #9

    Re: David is told by his parents

    emsr2d2,
    Can I say "he left school early without any diploma that he wouldn't find any jobs successfully on the society" ?

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    Re: David is told by his parents

    It won't make sense in BrE because, with the exception of certain vocational subjects, we don't get diplomas from school. We get individual subject qualifications from secondary school (GCSEs) and from Sixth Form colleges (GCE A Levels) and degrees from universities.

    He left school with no qualifications so it might be hard for him to find a job.

    "on society" doesn't work at all in English. "in society" works in some contexts but not in this one. We don't have a job in society. We just have a job (or we don't).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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