General Writing and Grammar Help/Keep a record

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Dear Ted:

Are the following sentences correct and natural?

1) As you probably know, I keep a record of all your answers on my computer in a folder called "Ted Nesbitt."

2) As you probably know, I save all your answers on my computer in a folder called "Ted Nesbitt."

If both are possible, which would you use?

In your own words, how would you express the concept I have tried to outline in the above sentences?

Thank you,

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Are the following sentences correct and natural?

1) As you probably know, I keep a record of all your answers on my computer in a
folder called "Ted Nesbitt."

2) As you probably know, I save all your answers on my computer in a folder
called "Ted Nesbitt."

If both are possible, which would you use?

In your own words, how would you express the concept I have tried to outline in
the above sentences?

*** Both are acceptable, but the second one is better.  My problem with the first version is
the string of prepositional phrases:  of all your answers + on my computer + in a folder.

The second version has just two prepositional phrases, and I would use it.

Here's my version:  As you probably know, I have a computer folder called "Ted Nesbitt."  I place all your answers in it.

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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B. A. and M. A in English; MSIS in Library & Information Sciences; graduate study in philosophy

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