Are the sentences natural?

Reply Sat 5 Sep, 2009 09:57 pm
Jack won first place three times in a row.
Jack won first place three times consecutively.
Jack is a three-time consecutive winner.

Are the above sentences natural?

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Reply Sat 5 Sep, 2009 10:50 pm
The first two sentences are fine. Since you are asking what is "natural," no, i don't think that the third sentence would naturally suggest itself to me.
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Reply Sun 6 Sep, 2009 01:12 am
Yes, although I could suggest "Jack is a three-times-in-a-row winner" as a replacement for the last sentence, as many native speakers (not I) would avoid the word "consecutive" for fear of appearing prententious or because it is not part of their everyday vocabulary.

In British English, performing the same achievement three times consecutively is often called a "hat-trick", a phrase originating in the game of cricket.
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