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    The doctors have asked me to wash my scalp every alternate day

    The doctors have asked me to wash my scalp every alternate day (using a shampoo that treats Psoriasis). The body of a patient with Psoriasis produces three times as many dead cells as the body of a normal person.

    1) There shouldn't be a long gap between your two scalp wash.

    2) How much gap should be left between two head wash.

    3) There shouldn't be a gap of more than one day between two head wash.

    These sentences don't seem very natural. I don't know what to use instead of "two scalp wash" and "two head wash" here.

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    Re: The doctors have asked me to wash my scalp every alternate day

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    The doctors have asked me to wash my scalp every alternate day (using a shampoo that treats psoriasis). The body of a patient with psoriasis produces three times as many dead cells as the body of a normal person.

    1) There shouldn't be a long gap between your two scalp washes.

    2) How much gap should be left between two head washes?

    3) There shouldn't be a gap of more than one day between two head washes.

    These sentences don't seem very natural. I don't know what to use instead of "two scalp wash" and "two head wash" here.
    They're not natural. I can't really see why you need to say any of them. The instruction is perfectly expressed by "Wash your scalp every other day".
    It's not "every alternate day" - if you want to use "alternate", say "Wash your scalp on alternate days".

    If you really must use your other phrases, it would be "between two scalp washes".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The doctors have asked me to wash my scalp every alternate day

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    They're not natural. I can't really see why you need to say any of them. The instruction is perfectly expressed by "Wash your scalp every other day".
    It's not "every alternate day" - if you want to use "alternate", say "Wash your scalp on alternate days".

    If you really must use your other phrases, it would be "between two scalp washes".
    Isn't there any natural way of saying this? If I have to tell this to someone then what do I need to say?

    "The body of a patient with Psoriasis produces three times as many dead cells as the body of a normal person." Is this sentence correct?

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    Re: The doctors have asked me to wash my scalp every alternate day

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    "The body of a patient with Psoriasis produces three times as many dead cells as the body of a normal person." Is this sentence correct?
    It's okay, but psoriasis is not a proper noun. This is shorter and, I think, more accurate: Psoriasis patients produce three times as many dead skin cells as other people.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: The doctors have asked me to wash my scalp every alternate day

    If you have to wash your hair every other day for medical reasons, there shouldn't be any gap longer than that.

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    Re: The doctors have asked me to wash my scalp every alternate day

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    If you have to wash your hair every other day for medical reasons, there shouldn't be any gap longer than that.
    Could you please tell the natural way of saying this to me "there shouldn't be a long gap between your two scalp washes"?

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    Re: The doctors have asked me to wash my scalp every alternate day

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Could you please tell me the natural way of saying this? to me "There shouldn't be a long gap between your two scalp washes."
    You shouldn't wait too long between scalp treatments. "Scalp washes" sounds weird to me. I assume the patient is using a medicated cleanser on the scalp, so "treatments" works.
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    Re: The doctors have asked me to wash my scalp every alternate day

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    You shouldn't wait too long between scalp treatments. "Scalp washes" sounds weird to me. I assume the patient is using a medicated cleanser on the scalp, so "treatments" works.
    But treatment for scalp wash doesn't it sound weird?

    You shouldn't wait long between scalp washes.

    Could you please tell methe natural way of saying this? You have always told me that we should be saying "could you please tell it to me" then why "tell me" here?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 18-Sep-2017 at 09:22. Reason: Removed unnecessary bold

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    Re: The doctors have asked me to wash my scalp every alternate day

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    1. But doesn't "treatment" for "scalp wash" doesn't it sound weird?

    2. You shouldn't wait long between scalp washes.

    3. Could you please tell me the natural way of saying this? You have always told me that we should be saying say "Could you please tell it to me" then why is it "tell me" here?
    I have numbered your points so it's easier to respond.

    1. No, "treatment" doesn't sound weird at all. The shampoo (scalp wash) is designed to "treat" psoriasis so it is a treatment.
    2. "You shouldn't wait long" is too non-specific. The doctor will tell you how often to use the wash.
    3. I don't know who you think told you to say "tell it to me". I have never advised anyone to say that. The natural way to say it in English is "Please tell me ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The doctors have asked me to wash my scalp every alternate day

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I have numbered your points so it's easier to respond.

    1. No, "treatment" doesn't sound weird at all. The shampoo (scalp wash) is designed to "treat" psoriasis so it is a treatment.
    2. "You shouldn't wait long" is too non-specific. The doctor will tell you how often to use the wash.
    3. I don't know who you think told you to say "tell it to me". I have never advised anyone to say that. The natural way to say it in English is "Please tell me ...".
    Okay, that was "explain it to me".

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