I'm currently studying what makes a sentence sound/ read conversational to native English speakers. Do word contractions and brief sentences make them so? Suppose that the dialogues below (both spoken by the same person) are part of a casual conversation between professionals like lawyers or journalists. Do the following dialogues sound natural to you? Dialogue 1: I don't like the idea of having a government-funded news network. It has a tendency to be partial and to cover-up political scandals. Dialogue 2: Imagine a father sitting as judge in a criminal case against his own son. Sure, he could say that he'd be fair. But the people wouldn't buy that and would still ask him to withdraw from hearing the case. That's because he has a strong tendency to decide in favor of his son.