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musicgold
Posted: Friday, August 19, 2011 9:53:14 AM
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Hi,

Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

1. The only problem with calling them is that they might not be up as yet.

2. Up to how many tables do you know? ( I was asking a kid, how many multiplication tables does she now)

3. If you had asked me, I would have told you where it is / was.


Thanks,
MG.
Feeble Dragonfly
Posted: Friday, August 19, 2011 9:59:24 AM
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MG

1. I would drop the 'as' although I don't believe it is wrong, it justs sounds a little better to me. I might also at add 'at this time' as follows:

"the only problem with calling them at this time is that they might not be up yet"

2. It doesn't sound quite right, but I don't quite know how I'd say it. Maybe something like "How high up the multiplication tables can you go?" or "What's the highest multiplication table you know?"

3. Sounds good
thar
Posted: Friday, August 19, 2011 10:00:43 AM

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1 and 3 are fine (although you can miss out the as in 1)

2 - this is a BE answer, I know the AE does maths (math) in different vocabulary.
But this does not sound right, even in context with the explanation. The closest I can think of would be

up to which times table do you know? (ie up to which number)
this is because you do not learn a table, you learn your tables, your two times table, your three times table etc.
So you would not ask how many.
you could ask which? (out of all of the tables)

which times tables do you know? I know my two, five and ten times tables
or
up to which times table do you know?
I know my tables up to three.

but this is BE, (kids version, obviously! - not a common conversational topic for me!)
jmacann
Posted: Friday, August 19, 2011 5:52:04 PM
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1. drop "as"
2. Which was the highest multiplication table you managed to learn?
sandraleesmith46
Posted: Sunday, August 21, 2011 7:20:09 AM
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musicgold wrote:
Hi,

Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

1. The only problem with calling them is that they might not be up as yet.

2. Up to how many tables do you know? ( I was asking a kid, how many multiplication tables does she now)

3. If you had asked me, I would have told you where it is / was.


Thanks,
MG.

Did you want British, American, Canadian, or Australian English? They differ on the finer points. Being American, most here would drop the as or maybe say " just yet" depending on whether they're older than 50 or not; teaching of the English language in our schools changed appreciably about 45 or so years ago.

Here, most call the multiplication tables the "times" tables, and children would most likely look quite quizzically at you, if you used the proper term. They're so called because it's one number times another that is the process. So you might ask how many of the times tables a child knows.

The third is fairly colloquial in most English speaking nations now.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Sunday, August 21, 2011 10:27:08 AM

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Sandralee,
when old enough,
you can't even recall how many multiple tables you DID remember!
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musicgold
Posted: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 8:38:06 AM
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