Looking at her with nonchalance

Bassim

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I am wondering if "look at someone with nonchalance" sounds natural. Would you please correct my mistakes?

The teacher asked Bob if he had done his homework. He answered, looking at her with nonchalance, he had, but had forgotten his notebook at home. She glared at Bob and told him never to take that tone with her.
 

emsr2d2

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I am wondering if "look at someone with nonchalance" sounds natural. Would you please correct my mistakes?

The teacher asked Bob if he had done his homework. He answered [STRIKE]looking at her with nonchalance[/STRIKE] nonchalantly, that he had, but that he had [STRIKE]forgotten[/STRIKE] left his notebook at home. She glared at [STRIKE]Bob[/STRIKE] him and told him never to take that tone with her again.

See above. "look at someone with nonchalance" is unnatural. We tend to simply "do something nonchalantly". In BrE at least we don't "forget something somewhere". We either "forget something" or we "leave it somewhere".
 
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