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Please check, are my sentences correct?

 
 
imsak
 
Reply Fri 21 Feb, 2014 10:55 pm
- I am hardly match for him when it comes to tennis.

- I can hardly be match for him in tennis.

- He can't match me in swimming.

Are they usable, understandable and grammatically correct?

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Ragman
 
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Reply Fri 21 Feb, 2014 11:04 pm
@imsak,
No:
Should be written: I am hardly a match for him when it comes to tennis.

No:
Should be written: - I am hardly a match for him when it comes to tennis.
or also acceptable would be:
I can hardly be a match for him in tennis.


Yes:
- He can't match me in swimming.
imsak
 
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Reply Sat 22 Feb, 2014 12:04 am
@Ragman,
Thank you Ragman.

Formerly, I somewhere saw the phrase 'no match for someone', as in 'I am no match for him in tennis'. And such I doubt whether it could probably be applied to the form I wrote, by omitting the word 'no' and replace it with 'hardly'.

And now with your answer i got it that it may sounds awkward, unnatural and ungrammatical to write the way I did. Am I right?
roger
 
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Reply Sat 22 Feb, 2014 12:15 am
@imsak,
His answer is correct and natural sounding. You could have also written " I am no match for him when it comes to tennis."
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trying2learn
 
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Reply Sat 22 Feb, 2014 02:24 am
@imsak,
imsak wrote:
And now with your answer i got it that it may sounds awkward, unnatural and ungrammatical to write the way I did. Am I right?
Yes you are correct on the first two. Both sound awkward, unnatural and are grammatically incorrect. Yet both are understandable.
imsak
 
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Reply Sat 22 Feb, 2014 03:43 am
@trying2learn,
Thank you. Being that i am a beginner, my English is so poor, especially when it comes to grammar. So, now, at the beginning, I think I wouldn't take it too seriously about grammar. I firstly just want my sentences to be understandable to the reader. As for grammar matter, I will afterwards try to improve it bit by bit.

And when you told despite my sentences seem grammatically incorrect, it is understandable. I'm satisfied, it gladden me that my sentence is understandable.
trying2learn
 
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Reply Sat 22 Feb, 2014 04:59 am
@imsak,
I don't think your English is poor and you are welcome.

Grammar is important when writing, when speaking to people, it is whether they have an understanding of what you are speaking about. I base this on when I went to Europe.

I didn't speak the language and the people I were around didn't speak English.

What mattered is we tried and actually understood each other. I didn't care if I sounded stupid and there were individuals who would not try to speak because they felt they would sound stupid. Not trying is sad.
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robert-blankenship
 
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Reply Fri 11 Apr, 2014 09:31 pm
@imsak,
'I am no match for him in tennis'
Actually, I think this should be "at tennis".

For example, consider the phrase "I am no good at Baseball"
It is certainly never said that "I am no good in Baseball". That just sounds weird.

Also, "no match" is a sort of idiomatic phrase. I'd say that it's more proper to say "not a match". Of course, languages evolve and what is "proper" or grammatical is always fluid.
imsak
 
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Reply Mon 28 Apr, 2014 07:46 am
@robert-blankenship,
Thanks.
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xapoka
 
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Reply Sun 25 May, 2014 03:43 am
@Ragman,
you must do the best


http://www.soran.edu.iq
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docucheck
 
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Reply Mon 21 Jul, 2014 06:47 am
@imsak,
For now I can definitely correct the sentences on your behalf. But it will be a temporary help rather I think you should consult a proofreading agency for the same. This will help you improve permanently.
http://www.docucheck.com
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selectmytutor
 
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Reply Sun 17 May, 2015 10:25 pm
@imsak,
Hi Imsak,
In your sentences there are some little mistakes which Ragman has mentioned.
Keep trying, after some time you will be perfect in English.
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