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    unhappy

    Is the following sentence correct and natural?

    I couldn't able to do well in the work, my emotions went to unhappy.
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    #2

    Re: unhappy

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    Is the following sentence correct and natural?

    I wasn't able to do well at work, and I was unhappy about it.
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    I wasn't able to do the work very well, and I was unhappy about it.
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    Re: unhappy

    Is the following sentence correct and natural?

    Not the least bit! It is the worst sort of Chinglish. Is my comment a little harsh? Maybe, but you need to try harder than this.

    I look at the number of your posts and I think: Before you ask us, ask
    yourself, "Do I think this is good English?"

    Unless and until you can begin to think in English, you will continue to produce this kind of sentence- conceived in Chinese and translated into English.

    It doesn't work.
    Last edited by J&K Tutoring; 24-Jan-2020 at 10:31.

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    Re: unhappy

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    I couldn't able to do well in the work,
    Are you talking about a specific task or about your performance in your job/workplace?

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    my emotions went to unhappy.
    Is that the cause or the effect of not being able to do the work?

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    Re: unhappy

    Hi J&K Tutoring,

    You are totally correct. I'm absolute a beginner in English language. I have learn to study English for a long time. And have posted my sentences here for a period of time. It's quite long. I haven't any improved since I came here and posted my sentences here. Should I continue to study or give up to study English?
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    Re: unhappy

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    Hi J&K Tutoring,

    You are totally correct. I'm an absolute beginner in English. language. I have learn to been studying English for a long time and have posted my sentences here for a period of time. It's quite long. I haven't noticed any improvement since I came here and posted my sentences here. Should I continue to study or give up studying English?
    Hi Polyester. Learning a foreign language is never easy. It's very common and natural to feel frustrated and even to want to give up. Despite what you think, you are making meaningful progress, for example with your diction. In my opinion, you just need to get a better grasp of some basic grammar points and to practise writing shorter sentences. Don't give up yet.
    Last edited by teechar; 24-Jan-2020 at 12:50.

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    Re: unhappy

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post

    I wasn't able to do the work very well, and I was unhappy about it.
    Polyester, I'm guessing that the speaker kept at it, and he's doing much better now.
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    Re: unhappy

    Polyester, look at the multiple corrections in teechar's last post. You are not really a beginner if you have been studying for years. However, it seems to me that you had not totally grasped the basics before you tried to move on to more complicated constructions.

    For example, after years of study you should know that "I am absolute a beginner" is not right. If you don't know why it's wrong, simplify it. Say "I am a beginner". Look at "I have learn to study". You can find the correct form of the present perfect of the verb "learn" in any good grammar book or simply by Googling "conjugate learn in English". Also, there was no reason to use both verbs. What you needed was "I have studied" or "I have been studying". Again, you could find those forms of the verb "study" very easily.

    You should continue to study but you need to go back to studying areas that are suitable for a beginner. Also, before you post here, don't assume that what you have written is correct. Take the time to check all the verbs online or in a grammar book.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: unhappy

    Hi emsr2d2,
    Thank you your reply. I'm totally sure to tell you that some errors are the basic errors, but I can't find out. The reason is I think it is a correct sentence and natural but i don't think it is a perfect English.
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    Re: unhappy

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    Hi emsr2d2,
    Thank you for your reply.
    Polyester, again you are biting off more than you can chew. Even that short sentence needed correcting. The rest is just a mess.

    You do better when you write shorter, simpler sentences. Also, they are easier to correct when there are errors.
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