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Hi

Could you please give your take on these sentences? Do they sound natural and are they synonymous?

  1. Don't discuss all this in front of her. There's no telling that she will inform the boss within minutes.
  2. Don't discuss all this in front of her. There's no guarantee that she will inform the boss within minutes.
  3. Don't discuss all this in front of her. She may be expected to inform the boss within minutes.
  4. Don't discuss all this in front of her. You may trust her to inform the boss within minutes.

Thanks,

Tom

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Could you please give your take on these sentences? Do they sound natural Some don't

and are they synonymous? No

  1. Don't discuss all this in front of her. There's no telling that she will inform the boss within minutes. NO This means it's impossible to know whether or not she will tell the boss.
  1. Don't discuss all this in front of her. There's no guarantee that she will inform the boss within minutes.NO There is no guarantee that the outcome will be good, ie no guarantee that she will keep it to herself.
  2. Don't discuss all this in front of her. She may be expected to inform the boss within minutes. Correct, but rather stilted. Less formal is eg She'll probably blab it all to the boss right away.
  3. Don't discuss all this in front of her. You may trust her to inform the boss within minutes. Stilted. You can be sure that she'll tell the boss right away.
  4. Clive
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Thanks a lot, Clive.

Does the No in front of the first two sentences mean that they are not natural? If so, can you please offer me a better phrase. Because the first two sound unnatural and the last two are stilted.

Best regards,

Tom

Does the No in front of the first two sentences mean that they are not natural? It means that you are not using the phrase correctly.

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Don't discuss all this in front of her. There's no telling that she will inform the boss within minutes. NO This means it's impossible to know whether or not she will tell the boss.

Don't discuss all this in front of her. There's no telling whether she will keep it secret from the boss. With 'there's no telling', we usually make two possibilities clear, and we list first the possibility that we hope for. In this example, we want her to keep it secret from the boss.

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Don't discuss all this in front of her. There's no guarantee that she will inform the boss within minutes.NO There is no guarantee that the outcome will be good, ie no guarantee that she will keep it to herself. In this example, like #1, we don't want her to inform the boss. So we say There's no guarantee that she will keep it secret from the boss.


Clive