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    My cousin will only be with us for dinner

    Hi.

    I asked my cousin to go out for dinner with me and a friend. My friend and I would practice spoken English. My cousin doesn’t speak English at all.

    I said "My cousin will only be with us for dinner; he speaks no English".

    Is my sentence natural?

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    Re: My cousin will only be with us for dinner

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    My friend and I would practice speaking English.
    That sounds better.

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    My cousin will only be with us for dinner; he speaks no English.
    That suggests that your cousin would leave after the meal. Is that what you meant?

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    #3

    Re: My cousin will only be with us for dinner

    Your cousin will only be there to eat.

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    #4

    Re: My cousin will only be with us for dinner

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Hi.

    I asked my cousin to go out for dinner with me and a friend. My friend and I would practice spoken English. My cousin doesn’t speak English at all.

    I said "My cousin will only be with us for dinner; he speaks no English".

    Is my sentence natural?
    I would say:

    That's OK. I don't speak any Chinese.


    Yes, it's perfectly natural.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 13-Jul-2019 at 14:57. Reason: Fixed typo
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    Re: My cousin will only be with us for dinner

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    That sounds better.


    That suggests that your cousin would leave after the meal. Is that what you meant?
    No. What I wanted to say was that "My cousin will eat dinner with us but speak no English". The sentence I want has nothing to do whether he was leaving after the meal or not. He didn't leave. He had dinner with us and he just didn't speak English.

    May I ask for a new sentence?

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    Re: My cousin will only be with us for dinner

    How about:
    My cousin will not join our conversation as he does not speak English.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #7

    Re: My cousin will only be with us for dinner

    Somewhat off-topic: Isn't it a little mean to invite along someone who speaks no English and then spend the entire meal/evening speaking nothing but English? Even if your cousin only stays for the meal, he's going to be very bored!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: My cousin will only be with us for dinner

    I suppose it'll be a mix of English and Chinese. Try:

    My cousin will come along, but he doesn't know English at all.

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    #9

    Re: My cousin will only be with us for dinner

    That doesn't mean they didn't speak to him at all.
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    Re: My cousin will only be with us for dinner

    Besides, it's not mean if he knew ahead of time about the situation and wanted to go anyway.
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