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    It's juicy and refreshing

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    My uncle bought me a very big watermelon (10 pounds or so) and I can't finish it all with my family members. I have some good neighbors and I gave some portions to some of them. I also said "It's juicy and refreshing" when doing this. Is this sentence natural?

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    Re: It's juicy and refreshing

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Hi.My uncle bought me a very big watermelon (10 pounds or so) and I can't finish it all with my family members. I have some good neighbors and I gave some portions to some of them. I also said "It's juicy and refreshing" when doing this. Is this sentence natural?
    Have you a reason for changing from past to present and then back again?

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    Re: It's juicy and refreshing

    Yes, it's natural and appropriate to say that.

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    Re: It's juicy and refreshing

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Have you a reason for changing from past to present and then back again?
    My uncle bought me a watermelon (he bought it ten days ago). I can't finish it (I think it should be "couldn't" here) because I had already eaten the watermelon.

    I have some neighbors (they are still my neighbors, I don't think I should use the past tense). I gave them some portions (This action is finished so it should be past tense).

    I also said (I already said this.)….

    Thanks a lot, Piscean, for pointing out this.

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    Re: It's juicy and refreshing

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Yes, it's natural and appropriate to say that.
    Is it also natural to say "They're juicy and refreshing"? Which one is better?

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    Re: It's juicy and refreshing

    It's in portions, so yes, you can.

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    Re: It's juicy and refreshing

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    My uncle bought me a watermelon (he bought it ten days ago). I can't finish it (I think it should be "couldn't" here) because I had already eaten the watermelon.

    I have some neighbors (they are still my neighbors, I don't think I should use the past tense). I gave them some portions (This action is finished so it should be past tense).

    I also said (I already said this.)….
    I agree.

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    Re: It's juicy and refreshing

    I'd say it's much more likely that you were referring to a singular idea. That is, to either a single countable item (the individual watermelon) or to a more general, uncountable idea of the watermelon as a foodstuff.

    Therefore, you should have used it's, unless you had a special reason to refer to the portions as a plurality.

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    Re: It's juicy and refreshing

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    It's in portions, so yes, you can.
    Well, it's not really the portions that are juicy and refreshing but the watermelon.

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    Re: It's juicy and refreshing

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Is it also natural to say "They're juicy and refreshing"? Which one is better?
    It works better in the singular for me because you're talking about this particular watermelon, but either will do.

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