A famous movie actor fell from a tree

Bassim

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I am wondering if my sentences sound natural.

A famous movie actor fell from a tree and broke his leg while pruning its branches. Rumours in Hollywood abound that he has always been stingy to hire a professional tree trimmer.
 

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I am wondering if my sentences sound natural.

A famous (movie) actor fell [STRIKE]from a tree[/STRIKE] and broke his leg while pruning a tree in his garden. [STRIKE]its branches.[/STRIKE] Rumours in Hollywood [STRIKE]abound[/STRIKE] have it that he has always been too stingy to hire a professional gardener/arborist. [STRIKE]tree trimmer.[/STRIKE]
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Bassim, I don't know about yours, but neither of my legs has any branches. (Your first sentence reads as if the actor had been pruning branches from his leg.)
 

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GoesStation,

There are mainly two reasons for me making such mistakes. The first is because I learnt English only four years in high school in Bosnia. That was rather basic level of English. We learnt grammar and read some texts, but not much beyond that. All that I learnt after that was by reading books, listening to radio and participating on this forum. The second reason is because I do not communicate in English with people. If I had come in the USA in 1993, I believed I would be speaking American English like a native American. Or if I lived in the UK for 24 years as I had been living in Sweden, I would be speaking English like a Brit.Take for example, Aleksandar Hemon. He was a journalist in Sarajevo before the war in Bosnia broke out. And by chance, when the conflict started, he was in the USA, visiting some relatives. After a few years, one of his short stories got the first prize in the US, and he got a chance to publish his first book in English. After that, he published more novels and became a well-respected writer. He is even married to an American woman, who had probably helped him and corrected his mistakes. Life is a lottery, in which I unfortunately never hit the jackpot. But when I am thinking that some of my school colleagues were murdered and tortured in the war, I have to be grateful that I am still alive. I am aware of my limitation regarding English, but can't stop because I feel I have to go on, even if I never succeed.
 
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Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Bassim. You don't have to apologize for your very high level of English. Many native Anglophones would be unable to write sentences as good as most of what you post here. It's because your level is so high that I point out some flaws (it's hard to call them "errors") which could be cleaned up. I also try to use more complex language in my replies to you, on the theory that reading it may provide you an additional valuable challenge.

It's hard to write critically without coming across sometimes as tactless. Please accept my apologies if some of my criticism crosses that line.
 

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GoesStation,

I am grateful for your every correction and advice. Neither you nor any of your colleagues on this forum have ever been tactless. I have the same respect for all of you just as had for my teachers many decades ago. I know what it means to teach someone. Unfortunately, teachers today are not respected as before, but teaching is a sacred thing because you share your knowledge with others.
Thank you again.
 

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Right on, man. What you said was very moving. I hope you succeed in your desire to refine your English skills. We are here to help.
 
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