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  1. POpoo
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    Hello,

    Do these sentences sound OK to your ear?

    1. 'Don't worry,we are going to finish very soon' (should I just say soon?)
    2. The input is brought to another step where it is cleaned.
    3. Do you think I can pull it off after all these hurtful and hard events?

    Please advise.
    thanks

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    Re: sentences

    1. 'Don't worry,we are going to finish very soon.' OK

    2. The input is brought to another place where it is cleaned. OK

    (Can an input really be cleaned? Is "input" a count noun? (I don't think so.))


    3. Do you think I can pull it off after all these hurtful and hard events? OK

    (That makes sense if an event can be hard.)




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    Re: sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    3. Do you think I can pull it off after all these hurtful and hard events? OK

    (That makes sense if an event can be hard.)


    I fully agree that this sentence is fine in principle, but it certainly sounds strange (to my English ears at least). The modifiers hurtful and hard (considered together) don't collocate very well with events.

    We normally describe an event as hard when it was a challenge that we entered into with some degree of willingness, whereas a hurtful event is always understood to be something entirely out the effected person's control, and entirely unwanted.

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