This melon will be ready to eat in a few days.

emp0608

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Hi folks,

I came across this sentence in an English grammar textbook used in Japan. When I first saw it, I thought there was something a bit odd about it, but I just couldn't put my finger on it. I'm just wondering how it sounds to the ears of native speakers. Incidentally, Japanese melons are quite expensive, usually costing around $100 per piece, so it's quite important to know when it's going to taste the best.

Thanks as always,

emp0608
 

emp0608

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Thanks, J&K Tutoring. But could you or anybody else come up with some other expressions?
 

tzfujimino

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"For us/you" is implied there, I think.

This melon will be ready (for us/you) to eat ...
 

Tdol

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If you're spending that much on a single melon, you might say that it will be perfect in a few days.
 
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