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    #1

    Conversation natural?

    John: I wonder why some people leave their motor bikes on the side stand.
    Joseph: What's a side stand?
    John: It's a stand that is there on one side of the motor bike. You can put your bike on the side stand.
    Joseph: The bike will lean on the stand?
    John: Yes. And it's easy to take it off.


    Can someone please tell me if the above conversation sounds natural?

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    #2

    Re: Conversation natural?

    No.
    At first John wonders why and then he explains it by himself...the contradictory conversation if I've missed nothing.
    Last edited by greegorush; 19-May-2009 at 08:59.

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    #3

    Re: Conversation natural?

    Thanks greegorush!

    I cut the conversation short here. That's not exactly why John wonders about it.

    I am looking for someone to find grammatical errors in my text.


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    #4

    Re: Conversation natural?

    It doesn't make sense to me, either.
    Also, I don't discuss bicycles a lot in this manner, but I think you set the side stand to keep the bike upright?

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    Re: Conversation natural?

    Thanks a lot, nonsense!

    So, set is the word to be used in place of put here. Is take off fine when we push the stand back before we begin to ride the bike?

    In my country there are two stands for a motor bike - center stand and side stand. When we set it on the center stand, it stands upright, thus occupying less space. But when it's set on side stand, it leans on it and looks bent slightly sideward, thus occupying more space.

    Another question. Is the usage of leans and bent right in the above para?


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    #6

    Re: Conversation natural?

    Take off doesn't sound right to me. Unset would be the opposite of set, but I'm not sure that sounds right, either. Remove might work better, or perhaps undo. Lock and unlock might work as well. You lock the parking break in your car, and you unlock it when you're ready to go. You could also just say push back, as it's descriptive of what you're actually doing.

    Your use of leans and bent are excellent.


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    #7

    Re: Conversation natural?

    The conversation looks fine to me. To 'take it off' the side stand is quite a natural expression among motorcyclist's.

    "It's a stand that is on one side of the motor bike."
    This sentence does not need 'there'.

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    #8

    Re: Conversation natural?

    Thanks a lot, nonsense and grandada.

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