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Nikitus
Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 12:34:38 AM

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Hello.

First of all, thanks for your time helping me to improve my written english.

Are the following sentences grammatically correct?


"I'll be honest and I'll tell you that everything you say sounds too weird, even for you, because let's be sincere, some days you are frankly disturbing. But this is something else, I would say that it seems suspicious, but the reason could be that you are influenced by something that happened to you and is targeted in your unconscious or maybe, and just maybe you were visited by an entity that transcends the human, which can be a good thing but watch out, also something bad."

Thanks.
thar
Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 12:45:27 AM

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Punctuate. Pause. Breathe.

Full stops are free - you don't have to pay for them. Whistle


Actually, apart from it being a very long sentence, it is good.

A couple of areas need revision, though:

"and is targeted..."

I don't understand what that bit means.


And
"watch out, also something bad"

This is the structure:
Imperative verb, also noun.

The noun on its own needs to be part of a clause
Eg
it could also be something bad


Or whatever expresses what you are trying to say.

hedy mmm
Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 12:09:18 PM

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As usual thar is succinct in his explanation, Applause however, I have trouble with the expressions, "I'll be honest" or "to be honest with you" and "let's be sincere" whether used in the beginning or middle of a sentence. When I am speaking to someone who uses anyone one of these phrases (which I find are used as force of habit or to appear educated), I interrupt with, "you weren't honest till now?" or "you haven't been sincere?"...or "So you've been lying to me?"

I had an acquaintance (the operative word here is 'had') who used "to be honest with you" a few times in a conversation which drove me crazy Brick wall d'oh! ... I'm just saying...

As far as Nikitus' post...thar nailed it! Applause Dancing

"God graced us with today....don't waste it." hedy
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 12:25:15 PM

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"to be honest..." is simply an idiom. Ya gotta roll with it.
palapaguy
Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 10:27:56 PM

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Wilmar (USA) wrote:
"to be honest..." is simply an idiom. Ya gotta roll with it.


I think it's mere annoying baggage. If it helped to explain or communicate the speaker's meaning or had some other utility, and also happened to be idiomatic, no one would object. But if it serves no useful purpose ...
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018 3:25:27 AM

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I agree.

If used one time for emphasis of some sort, that would be "not too bad" (I use 'to be honest' sometimes, to make a criticism seem a little less accusatory) - but "I'll be honest" and "let's be sincere" in the same sentence is just too much. It really sounds like the person is not honest or sincere at any other time.

In the second sentence, it's "it seems", "could be", "maybe", "just maybe", "can be - - but also".
All those in one sentence - that speaker would drive me crazy with his/her indecision.

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
hedy mmm
Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2018 1:22:45 PM

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I'm glad we agree DragOnspeaker and palapaguy. Wilmar (USA) there is no way I "gotta roll with it" that's why I said...

I had an acquaintance (the operative word here is 'had') who used to say "to be honest with you" a few times in a conversation which drove me crazy...she is now history!


"God graced us with today....don't waste it." hedy
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