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    watch is utterly worthless

    Hi.

    My friend told me he bought a watch on an overpass. He also told me the one who sold him this told him that the watch is worth 10,000 yuan. I think he bought it for its fancy look. Then he went to a watch repairing shop and the man who has repaired a thousand watches told him:

    The watch is utterly worthless.

    Is this sentence natural?

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    #2

    Re: watch is utterly worthless

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Hi.

    My friend told me he bought a watch on an overpass. He also told me the one who sold it to him this told him that the watch is worth 10,000 yuan. I think he bought it for its fancy look. Then he went to a watch-repair ing shop, and the man who has repaired a thousand watches told him:

    The watch is utterly worthless.

    Is this sentence natural?
    It's okay, but I think "this watch" is more likely than "the watch".

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    #3

    Re: watch is utterly worthless

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    It's okay, but I think "this watch" is more likely than "the watch".
    Well, either term works. If Silver is relating what his friend told him, "The" is OK. If his friend is repeating what the "man" said, then "This" would be correct.

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    Re: watch is utterly worthless

    Then he went to a watch repair shop, and the man, who has repaired a thousand watches, said;

    Did he mean the watch couldn't be repaired?
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    #5

    Re: watch is utterly worthless

    The repairman should have told him which watch he was talking about: the one in his hand. He'd do that by calling it this watch.
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    Re: watch is utterly worthless

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Then he went to a watch repair shop, and the man, who has repaired a thousand watches, said;

    Did he mean the watch couldn't be repaired?
    No, a man who has seen thousand watches will simply tell you how much a watch is worth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    No, a man who has seen a thousand watches will simply tell you how much a watch is worth.
    He won't repair the watch? Isn't it a watch repair shop?
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    #8

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    He won't repair the watch? Isn't it a watch repair shop?
    He will. But he will still tell you the watch is worthless.

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    #9

    Re: watch is utterly worthless

    Put it more simply - the watch is not worth repairing.
    Last edited by tedmc; 26-Jun-2019 at 04:38.
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    #10

    Re: watch is utterly worthless

    That makes sense, Ted. The cost of the repair would be more than the watch is worth.
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