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Hi,

Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

1. She will be here at 6.00 pm, 5 minutes up or down.

2. The numbers I sent you yesterday were/are correct. ( I am not sure whether ‘were’ is appropriate because the fact that they are true still exists)

3. If he was sick, why didn’t the school send him to the/a doctor?

Thanks,

MG.
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Hi,
Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?



1. She will be here at 6.00 pm, 5 minutes up or down. give or take 5 minutes.



2. The numbers I sent you yesterday were/are correct. ( I am not sure whether ‘were’ is appropriate because the fact that they are true still exists) Neither is wrong, but 'are ' seems more natural. Unless, of course, they are no longer accurate.



3. If he was sick, why didn’t the school send him to the/a doctor
a doctor - one of many possible doctors
the doctor - maybe the specific doctor for that school. But most likely this is a general reference to doctors in general. 'the doctor' is a standard expression.

eg I'm sick, so I need to go to the doctor. I'm new here. Can you recommend a doctor, please?

Clive
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Thanks Clive.