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    to assess

    I try to assess my health every now and then.

    Is this good sentence?

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    Re: to assess

    Hello Blouen,

    Yes, it's fine.

    "To try to do X every now and then" does not necessarily mean what it seems to mean, however. It can also imply "I like to do X, and I do it now and then"; not "I make an attempt to do X, now and then, but I do not always succeed".

    Best wishes,

    MrP

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    Re: to assess

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    Hello Blouen,

    Yes, it's fine.

    "To try to do X every now and then" does not necessarily mean what it seems to mean, however. It can also imply "I like to do X, and I do it now and then"; not "I make an attempt to do X, now and then, but I do not always succeed".

    Best wishes,

    MrP
    But when it comes to assessing my health, it wouldn't appear like that, would it?

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    Re: to assess

    I think you're right.

    This is only my impression, and others may disagree; but if a native speaker were to tell me that he tried to assess his health every now and then, it would sound perhaps a bit odd, as if he were over-concerned about his health.

    For normal usage, you might simply say "I like to keep an eye on my health".

    All the best,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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