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    #11

    Re: Do you prefer to spend your free time with other people or alone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
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    I like to spend time with friends and family, but I like to be by myself because then I can do whatever I want.
    Is it fine to use "I like" the second time without "also" or something like this? In my native tongue it would actually be a mistake. Not a significant one but anyway. Curious if it's the same for English or not

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    #12

    Re: Do you prefer to spend your free time with other people or alone?

    I would prefer it with "also". Otherwise, it looks as if you're contradicting yourself. Without "also", you're saying "I like to spend time with friends and family. I like to be by myself". The listener would think "Well, which one is it?!"

    Alternatively, you could split it into two sentences and start the second with "However, ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #13

    Re: Do you prefer to spend your free time with other people or alone?

    Quote Originally Posted by JoWeez View Post

    Is it fine okay to use "I like" the second time without "also" or something like this? In my native tongue language, it would actually be a mistake. Not a significant one but anyway it still is. I am curious if it's the same for (in) English or not.
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    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #14

    Re: Do you prefer to spend your free time with other people or alone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Perhaps:

    I like to spend time with friends and family, but I like to be by myself because then I can do whatever I want.
    Clearly, I did not find it necessary to use also.. However, you could say:

    I like to spend time with friends and family. I also like to be by myself ....
    Not a professional teacher

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