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    #1

    Can you engage that all his statement?

    Hi.

    Are my two sentences idiomatic? Will native speakers use them?

    1) Weeds soon overrun the garden.
    2) Can you engage that all his statements are trustworthy?


    I think 1) is okay, 2) is either formal or weird because I'm not sure about the two words "engage" and "trustworthy".



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    #2

    Re: Can you engage that all his statement?

    You're right; #1 is okay, but "engage" in the second doesn't work.

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    #3

    Re: Can you engage that all his statement?

    I would replace engage with vouch/verify.
    Last edited by tedmc; 28-Jul-2020 at 01:25.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #4

    Re: Can you engage that all his statement?

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Hi.

    Are my two sentences idiomatic? Will native speakers use them?

    1) Weeds soon
    overran the garden.
    2) Can you
    ensure that all his statements are true/reliable?

    I think 1) is okay, 2) is either formal or weird because I'm not sure about the two words "engage" and "trustworthy".


    Look up ensure and engage.

    Reliable and trustworthy mean almost the same thing, but only a person can be trustworthy. A statement can't be.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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