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cheshire

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Japanese
a) He beats the rhythm as if he were mincing onions.
b) He beats the rhythm as if he would mince onions.
c) He beats the rhythm as if he minced onions.

Which sentence is natural and which is unnatural?
 
  • maxiogee

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    English
    cheshire said:
    a) He beats the rhythm as if he were mincing onions.
    b) He beats the rhythm as if he would mince onions.
    c) He beats the rhythm as if he minced onions.

    Which sentence is natural and which is unnatural?
    None are exactly 'natural', and they grate somewhat. In Britain and Ireland we chop or dice onions.

    He beats the rhythm as if he were chopping onions.
    He beats the rhythm as if he would chop onions.
    He beats the rhythm as if he chopped onions for a living
     
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