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    #1

    have my own stuff to do today.

    Hi.

    This conversation was between my friend and me.

    Tim: Silver, why not come and study English in our restaurant today? (The restaurant has many seats and it's comfortable; I sit there and read English three times a day.)
    Silver: I have my own stuff to do today.

    Is my reply natural?

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    #2

    Re: have my own stuff to do today.

    Yes, it's fine.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: have my own stuff to do today.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Yes, it's fine.
    Since Tim mentioned "today", I think the "today" in my sentence is optional. Am I right?

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    #4

    Re: have my own stuff to do today.

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Since Tim mentioned "today", I think the "today" in my sentence is optional. Am I right?
    Yes.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: have my own stuff to do today.

    As studying English constitutes part of your "own stuff", I think it's a little unnatural there. If your friend had asked you to go and help him/her with something that he/she needed done instead, your response would be more natural. As it stands, I'd say "Thanks, but I've got other stuff to do today".

    Tim: Do you want to come round and help me build the bookcase I bought yesterday?
    Silver: No, sorry, I've got my own stuff to do today.

    Tim: Do you want to come and study at the restaurant today?
    Silver: Thanks, but I've got [some] other stuff to do.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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