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    respond & answer

    Please have a look at my sentences. Are they correct? Do they sound natural?
    a. However, I would prefer not to respond at the moment.
    b. At the moment, however, I would prefer not to respond.
    c. However, I would prefer not to give an answer at least at this stage.
    d. At this stage, however, I would prefer not to give an answer.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 06-Sep-2017 at 13:48. Reason: Fixed two d's to make one a c.

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    Re: respond & answer

    c needs some punctuation before "at least at this stage." I would use an em-dash.

    Do you understand the difference between "respond" and "give an answer"?

    These all could sound natural, depending on what was said right before it.
    I know they are clamoring for a response/an answer. .... Then one of your sentences.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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