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    I used to hate those seminars because they were dull and long

    Are my sentences natural.

    I used to hate those seminars because they were dull and long. I'd normally play on my phone the entire talk and only payed attention when I had to scan my ID card to register my attendance.
    To live only for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.

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    Re: I used to hate those seminars because they were dull and long

    Quote Originally Posted by NamelessKing View Post
    Are my sentences natural?

    I used to hate those seminars because they were long and dull. and long. I'd normally play on my phone the entire talk and only payed pay attention when I had to scan my ID card to register my attendance.
    See above.

    1. "Dull and long" sounds awkward. "Long and dull" doesn't. Check out "order of adjectives in English".
    2. The past simple of "pay" is "paid", not "payed". It was the wrong word though. It should be "pay" because it's "I'd normally play on my phone and [I'd] only pay attention ..."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I used to hate those seminars because they were dull and long

    Thanks for the info on the order of adjectives. I didn't think it would make a difference.
    To live only for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.

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    Re: I used to hate those seminars because they were dull and long

    We don't expect learners to know about it. To be honest, most native English speakers don't actually realise it's a thing - we just grow up hearing and copying that order without even realising it. If you want to test it out, ask a native speaker if they would ever say "That was sweet and short" or "I've got a blue big car".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: I used to hate those seminars because they were dull and long

    So long and dull​ would be more natural.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: I used to hate those seminars because they were dull and long

    I would say it's equally natural with or without "so".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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