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    Do you have an intention to sell your apartment

    Hi.

    Today I received a phone call from an agent. I didn't know where she got my number and she asked me "Do you have an intention to sell your apartment"? I was a bit annoyed and said "No".

    I wonder if the italic sentence is natural.

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    #2

    Re: Do you have an intention to sell your apartment

    any intention
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    #3

    Re: Do you have an intention to sell your apartment

    "to sell" doesn't work with "intention".

    Do you have any intention of selling your apartment?

    More naturally, "Do you plan to sell your apartment?" or "Do you plan on selling your apartment?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Do you have an intention to sell your apartment

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "to sell" doesn't work with "intention".

    Do you have any intention of selling your apartment?

    More naturally, "Do you plan to sell your apartment?" or "Do you plan on selling your apartment?"
    I do prefer "intention of selling" to "intention to sell", but I don't think the latter is wrong. See below:

    https://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=Intention+to&l=0

    https://forum.wordreference.com/thre...of-to.2358273/
    Last edited by tedmc; 02-Jul-2020 at 03:22.
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    Re: Do you have an intention to sell your apartment

    You'll notice that in the fraze.it link above, "the/its intention to + bare infinitive" is preceded by "announced", "indicated", "made known" and others. What makes the original sentence unnatural, for me, is the use of "have".

    Instead of "have + noun", we tend to use the relevant verb, where one is available. "to have a/the intention" > "to intend". Regardless of what follows, "I intend ..." is more common and natural than "I have the intention ..."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: Do you have an intention to sell your apartment

    I like Ems's suggestions in post #3.

    In the US, just saying "agent" would be confusing. We'd say "real estate agent" or "realtor."
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    #7

    Re: Do you have an intention to sell your apartment

    It's 'estate agent' in BrE.
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    #8

    Re: Do you have an intention to sell your apartment

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    We'd say "real estate agent" or "Realtor."
    See above. It's a trademark which should properly be capitalized.
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    #9

    Re: Do you have an intention to sell your apartment

    How about Do you intend to sell?

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    #10

    Re: Do you have an intention to sell your apartment

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    See above. It's a trademark which should properly be capitalized.
    I just Googled it and saw it both ways. (Which, of course, doesn't mean much.)

    Anyhow, thanks! I didn't know a Realtor was a member of the National Association of Realtors.
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