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onsen
Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 4:21:26 PM
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Hello,

A. What he says is trustworthy.
B. What he says is not trustworthy.

Q.1
A Google search shows no hits for the sentence B.
Is something wrong with B?

Q.2
How to compose a sentence which expresses the case in which what he says is nearly 100 percent trustworthy, but not 100 percent.
Is there any way of saying that by using the phrase '100 percent' only once?

Thank you
thar
Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 4:52:55 PM

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Words are not 'trustworthy'. The adjective doesn't fit. They can be trusted or they can't he trusted.


People are trustworthy or untrustworthy - worthy of your trust, or not.


So to me neither sentence A or B sounds right.


The second part I don't understand.
There are lots of ways to say something like 'almost completely', without repetition.
But I am not sure what you mean, exactly.

But that concept doesn't match the word - if you are not completely trustworthy, then you are untrustworthy. It is sort of like being pregnant - you are or you aren't.
onsen
Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 5:27:09 PM
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I hit on the sentence which I was seeking.

What he says is not entirely trusted.
palapaguy
Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 8:06:48 PM

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onsen wrote:
Hello,

Q.1
A Google search shows no hits for the sentence B.
Is something wrong with B?

Thank you


Do you determine whether a sentence is grammatical by searching Google for occurrences of that sentence? I doubt that will work well. Can you imagine why that would be?
ChrisKC
Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 8:31:29 PM

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palapaguy wrote:
onsen wrote:
Hello,

Q.1
A Google search shows no hits for the sentence B.
Is something wrong with B?

Thank you


Do you determine whether a sentence is grammatical by searching Google for occurrences of that sentence? I doubt that will work well. Can you imagine why that would be?


I agree. Google is not the ultimate destination for seeking random grammatically correct phrases. Come to this forum: there are plenty of people here who can help you.
Parpar1836
Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 11:03:06 PM
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What he says isn't credible.
What he says isn't believable.

What he's saying isn't credible.
What he's saying isn't believable.

He's not a trustworthy source.
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