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mimi2

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vietnam vietnamese
Hi,
Is this sentence right?
"It is one of her habits to complain all day."
Or:
"One of her habits is complaning all day."
Thanks.
 
  • Hockey13

    Senior Member
    AmEnglish/German
    Hi,
    Is this sentence right?
    "It is one of her habits to complain all day."
    Or:
    "One of her habits is complaning all day."
    Thanks.
    I would say:

    One of her habits is to complain all day.

    Neither of your sentences sounds quite right to me...but they're very close as you can tell from my version.
     

    mimi2

    Senior Member
    vietnam vietnamese
    Thanks, Hockey.
    What do you think about sentence 1:
    It is one of her habit to complain all day.
    Is it natural and do you often use this structure?
     

    Hockey13

    Senior Member
    AmEnglish/German
    Thanks, Hockey.
    What do you think about sentence 1:
    It is one of her habits to complain all day.
    Is it natural and do you often use this structure?
    If you are talking about the complaining prior to this sentence it can be used, but even then I would say:

    It's one of her habits, complaining all day.

    This phrase out of context seems like it should be in a dialogue about someone's perpetual complaining. "It is one of her habits" is the main clause and "complaining all day" describes what "it" is. So in other words, yeh I'd stick to the first one I gave you. :)
     

    mimi2

    Senior Member
    vietnam vietnamese
    Hockey,
    I came across these sentences and I felt strange. I would like to hear your comments.
    Thank you, Hockey.
     

    Hockey13

    Senior Member
    AmEnglish/German
    Hockey,
    I came across these sentences and I felt strange. I would like to hear your comments.
    Thank you, Hockey.
    Well, this structure will often trip up a native speaker as well, so don't feel alone! Regardless of the structure, the point is made in all the sentences you provided, and in my opinion, one of them can be considered right (the very first one you gave) in the right context. It is also something I often hear from natives in fast, colloquial speech, but I don't think they would ever write a form like that in a novel or a paper.

    You're very welcome!
     
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