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1. Is this standard to say:


"My departed grandmother used to say never to expect life to work out exactly how we have planned, since it had a mind of its own."



2. And is this sentence correct:


"I don't remember my grandmother ever saying anything that stuck with me."



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Christine Christie Is this standard to say:

Is it standard to say

Christine Christie"My departed grandmother used to say never to expect life to work out exactly how we have planned, since it had a mind of its own."

I would not say departed there. "Used to" takes care of that when speaking of grandmothers. If she was still alive, it would be "My grandmother says". Also, it sounds a bit cold standing alone, little better than "my dead grandmother" or "my late grandmother", and it is awkward as an attributive adjective in any event. People do use the repectful formula "my dear, departed grandmother".

Christine Christie"I don't remember my grandmother ever saying anything that stuck with me."

It is plain English.