Grammatical and structural errors, Please advise !

I wrote the following sentence, but I'm not satisfied with it. I think its need improvement.

"Based on my personal experience, I've not encountered any scam or cheat attempt".

Please advise me. Thanks

Mar 11, 2017 1:32 PM
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Another simpler way to put it might be ¨I have never experienced attempts to scam me or to cheat me.¨ (Although can that really be true?  Don´t we all get several phishing emails each day?  I can not think of a time I have seriously been scammed, but for me it seems like strangers are making the attempt to do so quite regularly online.)

March 11, 2017

Hi Truth_Seeker, 

"Based on my personal experience, I've not encountered any scam or cheat attempt".

You have used the appropriate tense for "have not encountered" -- present perfect tense.

You did not encounter any scam in the past; you do not encounter it at the moment. This is correct.

You are referring to something (a noun) which you have not encountered.

"Scam" is a noun to refer to an attempt to cheat someone of their wealth. Therefore, in my opinion, there is no necessity to repeat with "cheat attempt".

I've not encountered any scam. 

Hope this helps.


March 11, 2017

Hello Truth_seeker,

If I were speaking, it might sound more like this: "Based on my personal experience, I haven't encountered any scams or attempts to cheat.  

I looked up some information on the use of "I've not" versus "I haven't" and as it turns out, both forms are correct! I will say that to my U.S. ears, "I've not" sounds, at best, very formal. At worst, it sound pretentious. I think it's only because "I haven't" sounds more natural and relaxed in the US.

Help that helps, Truth_seeker!  :) 

March 11, 2017