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Konrad



Joined: 12 Dec 2005
Posts: 3
Location: Cieszyn, Poland

PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2005 5:04 am    Post subject: native speaker's intuition Reply with quote

Hi,

"Strange and Mysterious" seems like the right category for the following.

I have a huge favor for native speakers of all varieties of English. I'm working on a cross-linguistic study of an interesting syntactic situation, and I was wondering what native speakers' perceptions are regarding these sentences:

1. The conductor charmed the music out of the musicians.
2. The conductor threatened the music out of the musicians.
3. The conductor bludgeoned the music out of the musicians.
4. The villagers prayed the rain out of the skies.
5. The girl wept the grade out
(obtained a non-fail grade by weeping and sobbing and generally breaking down on the teacher)
6. Jane and Jack danced out the samba contest prize. (won the prize by dancing)
7. David sang out the first place on the top ten hit list.

So if you could evaluate each sentence by marking it from 1 (bad) to 5 (sounds natural), and say which variety of English you speak.

Thanks!
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Hayde



Joined: 23 Oct 2005
Posts: 177
Location: Icheon, Korea

PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2005 5:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1- 4
2- 5
3- 2
4- 3
5- 2
6- 1
7- 1

Canadian (with a British mother)
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Lorikeet



Joined: 08 Oct 2005
Posts: 1579
Location: San Francisco

PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2005 8:44 am    Post subject: Re: native speaker's intuition Reply with quote

1. 5
2. 3
3. 2
4. 1
5. 1
6. 1
7. 1

U.S. native. I guess I didn't like them a lot Wink
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bud



Joined: 09 Mar 2003
Posts: 2111
Location: New Jersey, US

PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1. 5
2. 4
3. 2
4. 4
5. 2
6. 1
7. 1

Northeastern U.S.
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