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A girl was looking for her notebook. Someone had stolen it. So the teacher was searching everyone's bags. So the notebook was found in a girl's notebook. She replied:

I don't know how her notebook is in my bag.

Does it sound natural? Are there more natural ways of expressing this?

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I presume she meant something along the lines of:

I don't know how her notebook got in my bag.

Adding "got" makes it sound more natural to me.

Alternatively:

I don't know why her notebook is in my bag

(why instead of how)

  • Note: Saying "how... got" is less formal and a little humorous, because it gives the notebook some agency. Saying "why... is" is the more formal way of saying this. – PlutoThePlanet Jun 18 at 16:40
  • @PlutoThePlanetyeah true, I did think it make sit sound more humorous as well. But since the OP asked for 'natural' and not explicitly formal, it sounds okay to me :) – Dylan Meeus Jun 18 at 21:25

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