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    I don't like to deal with people with tricks and schemes

    Kris asked me why I chose to teach kids and work as a tutor, I replied "I don't like to deal with people with tricks and schemes; people who are manipulative."

    I don't know how to explain "tricks and schemes" so I used a synonym "manipulative". I like working people are simple and not complicated. Is my italic sentence natural?

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    Re: I don't like to deal with people with tricks and schemes

    As written, it says you don't like using tricks and schemes to deal with people, so it doesn't say what you mean. Here's a simpler sentence that would work: "I don't like to deal with tricky, scheming, manipulative people."
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    Re: I don't like to deal with people with tricks and schemes

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Kris asked me why I chose to teach kids and work as a tutor,
    Do you mean as two separate activities?

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Is my italic sentence natural?
    No. Try:
    I like teaching/tutoring kids because they are not scheming or manipulative, unlike some of the adult students I've had before.
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    Re: I don't like to deal with people with tricks and schemes

    Do you mean as two separate activities?
    No, I should have said "...why I chose to work as a tutor to teach kids' English".

    I appreciate your help, teechar and GS. In my city, there aren't many people speaking English. Teachers of English focus more on how to help students get high scores than teach them how to use this language.

    Recently, I've been trying to speak English in front of a group of people. I felt nervous and I made mistakes. But each time when I think of the fact that I have so many wonderful teachers like you, I feel confident again.

    Much appreciated!

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    Re: I don't like to deal with people with tricks and schemes

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    No, I should have said "...why I chose to work as a tutor to teach kids in English".
    Say that.

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    Re: I don't like to deal with people with tricks and schemes

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    .... "I don't like to deal with tricky, scheming, and manipulative people."
    Is it better to add an "and" in the sentence?

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    Re: I don't like to deal with people with tricks and schemes

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Is it better to add an "and" in the sentence?
    No, but it's possible.
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    Re: I don't like to deal with people with tricks and schemes

    My shot. I would say, "Kris asked me I why I like to work with kids instead of adults. I said adults can be manipulative, and I don't want to play those games."
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