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    #1

    Does he venture to object?

    Hi.

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

    1) Does he venture to object?
    2) The well-built ship stemmed on against a strong current.


    I think 1) is okay but I'm not sure about the second one.



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    Re: Does he venture to object?

    Stemmed in the second sentence means made headway against. Thus on against is not required.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #3

    Re: Does he venture to object?

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Hi.

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

    1) Does he
    plan/dare/want to object?

    Venture isn't natural.

    2) The well-built ship ste
    amed on against a strong current.

    I think 1) is okay but I'm not sure about the second one.

    Stemmed didn't make sense. Steamed does.


    There you go!
    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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