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    #1

    was vs feel

    1. "I tried to explain to a doctor how I was in English, but he didn't understand me.
    2. "I tried to explain to a doctor how I felt in English, but he didn't understand me.

    I think #2 is more familiar, but is #1 wrong?

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    #2

    Re: was vs feel

    #1 doesn't work. #2 is correct. What do you mean by "familiar"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: was vs feel

    By "familiar" I tried to mean I have seen this before (and so I'm pretty sure it is correct).



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    #4

    Re: was vs feel

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    By "familiar" I tried to mean I have seen this before (and so I'm pretty sure it is correct).
    If you had said "familiar to me", it would have been clearer.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: was vs feel

    If the surrounding text/dialogue made it clear that you were referring to your physical condition, #1 would be common/natural. But with or without context, #2 is clear that you are referring to physical condition.

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    #6

    Re: was vs feel

    #1 would work better for me as:

    "I tried to explain in English to a doctor how I was, but he didn't understand me."
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