Native English speakers, could you please help me with these issues?

1. Are these sentences correct:

a) "If in 3 weeks, you don't hear from us, you can consider that it wasn't possible for us to accept you."

b) "If in 3 weeks, you don't receive any notice from us, you can consider that it wasn't possible for us to accept you."

2. Are both these sentences correct:

a) "Who did you hear that from?"

b) "Tp whom did you hear that?"

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  • 6 months ago
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    I will make corrections, noting changes using brackets.

    1.a)

    If in 3 weeks, you don't hear from us, you can consider that it wasn't possible for us to accept you.

    If in [three] weeks[] you don't hear from us, you [will know] that it wasn't possible for us to accept you.

    1.b)

    If in 3 weeks, you don't receive any notice from us, you can consider that it wasn't possible for us to accept you.

    If in [three] weeks[] you don't receive any notice from us, you [will know] that it wasn't possible for us to accept you.

    [Note that "can consider" is not wrong grammatically but is definitely not the correct choice of wording. It definitely does not convey the desired meaning.]

    2.a)

    Who did you hear that from?

    [Note: as a matter of *style*, not grammar, you're not supposed to end a sentence with a preposition unless you absolutely have to do so. So: that is grammatically correct, and informally quite common, but formally is poor style.]

    It should read:

    From whom did you hear that?

    and definitely not

    To whom did you hear that?

    Best (most common) would be something like:

    Who told you that?

  • 6 months ago

    I would say, 'If you have not heard from us within three weeks, you should assume that we aren't able to offer you a post".

    Who did you hear that from? is completely natural, but it doesn't match the semi-formal tone of your first sentences.

    If you want to remain polite and formal, you can say, 'May I ask where you heard that from?' 'Where' is less personal, less direct, than 'who/m'.

  • A.J.
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    #1 is poorly written in too many words but both appear correct by grammar.

    Why not this way?

    "If you do not hear from us within 3 weeks, we decided that we are unable to accept you."

    #2 a is correct. b would be written "From whom did you hear that?" and is too formal for common conversation.

    "Who told you that?" is probably the most common way to ask.

  • 6 months ago

    1. a) is correct, although it is rather longer than it need be.

    b) is not really correct, because an English speaker would not say, "...receive any notice from us..."

    2. a) is correct in a colloquial sense, but a grammarian would say, "From whom did you hear that?"

    b) is not at all correct.

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  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    1. a) "If in 3 weeks, you don't hear from us, you can consider that it wasn't possible for us to accept you."

    b) "If in 3 weeks, you don't receive any notice from us, you can consider that it wasn't possible for us to accept you."

    Neither are natural English. We could say, "If you do not hear from us within three weeks this means that we were not able to accept your application." But we'd be more likely to reverse this and say, "If your application is successful you will hear from us within three weeks."

    2. a) "Who did you hear that from?" This is natural English. You could say "From whom did you hear that?" but this is very formal.

    b) is wrong.

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    She's pregnant quick go run!

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