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    Smile something urgent happened

    Hello~ Can you help me say this naturally please?

    I SMS to my friend. Is it correct?

    Sorry, something urgent happened, I think I canít make it today.
    I will SMS you as soon as solve it out.

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    Re: something urgent happened

    I am not a teacher, but I am a native speaker.

    I am assuming by "SMS", you mean "text message". SMS is the technical term that your average person does not understand. It could be:

    "I sent an SMS to my friend."

    But most natives would say:

    "I sent a text message to my friend." or even "I sent a text to my friend". "Text" is slang for "text message", but it is gaining popularity quickly.

    If this is not what you mean by "SMS", please let me know.

    EDIT: Sorry, I missed the rest. Here it is:

    "Sorry, something urgent came up. I don't think I can make it today. I will text message you as soon as it is resolved." Using "SMS", the last sentence would be: "I will send you an SMS as soon as it is resolved".

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    Re: something urgent happened

    Quote Originally Posted by flytothesky View Post
    Hello~ Can you help me say this naturally please?

    I SMS to my friend. Is it correct?
    It sounds alright to me. Naturally, like most new terms, there will be a marked geographical and social variation in what sounds natural.
    "I SMS my friend" is more common than "I SMS to my friend".


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    Smile Re: something urgent happened

    Many thank you for your help

    Can I ask one more question?

    Can I use "text" as a verb?

    For example,

    ⓐI will text you as soon as it is resolved.

    I texted you yesterday, you didn't get it?

    Are they sounds natural?

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    Re: something urgent happened

    Quote Originally Posted by flytothesky View Post
    Many thank you for your help

    Can I ask one more question?

    Can I use "text" as a verb?

    For example,

    ⓐI will text you as soon as it is resolved.

    I texted you yesterday. Didn't you get it?

    Do they sound natural?
    Yes, that's in the vernacular too. Just remember to keep these terms out of your academic work; and out of your formal writing and speaking.

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