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Language Questions / Re: have him go to prison
« Last post by admin on January 25, 2020, 05:30:15 pm »
It seriously needs recasting...
Why did you suggest he commit a crime; did you want him to go to prison?
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Language Questions / Re: have him go to prison
« Last post by Darryl on January 24, 2020, 04:01:47 am »
(a) is passable, but (b) is best. (c) doesn't work.
I would have a comma where your first question mark is.
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Language Questions / Re: they didn't even feed us
« Last post by Darryl on January 24, 2020, 03:57:41 am »
Sounds very natural. Just what you would expect a schoolkid to say.
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Language Questions / have him go to prison
« Last post by azz on January 22, 2020, 09:50:29 pm »
a. You suggested that he commit a crime. What do you want to do? Make him go to prison?

b. You suggested that he commit a crime. What do you want to do? Have him go to prison?

c. You suggested that he commit a crime. What do you want to do? Get him to go to prison?


Which of the above sentences is grammatically correct and conveys the intended meaning?


Many thanks.
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Language Questions / Re: vote out / not vote
« Last post by bookworm on January 22, 2020, 01:36:40 pm »
Thanks. Just to clarify, vote out is only applied to incumbent politicians running for the same office or political party, and not vote to new candidates like in these examples:

a) politicians running for higher office or a different one (e.g., congressman to senator, senator to president, senator to governor)
b) people running for office for the first time

Also, if there are five presidential candidates and you like neither one of them, you tell everybody not to vote any of them.
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Language Questions / they didn't even feed us
« Last post by bookworm on January 22, 2020, 01:23:24 pm »
In my country, whenever you visit homes of friends, relatives, classmates, etc., people would offer snacks because it's normally impolite not to do so. Let's say John and his classmates agreed to go to his house to do a school project from 2 p.m., and they finished at around 6 p.m. Joe's stomach has been rumbling since 4 p.m. and he seemed very hungry while eating his dinner at 7:00 p.m.

   Mom: Why so hungry?​
   Joe: They didn't even feed us there.​

Please confirm if Joe's comment sounds natural. With that remark, it sounds like it is something that is expected. (If not, let's suppose he is a migrant and offering snacks to guests is part of their culture.)
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Language Questions / Re: vote out / not vote
« Last post by admin on January 22, 2020, 10:25:54 am »
>I'm asking because it appears that vote out applies to incumbent senators, congressmen, etc.
Exactly so. To "vote out" means to vote to remove the incumbents from power: often mid-term.
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Café / Re: Fires in Australia
« Last post by Darryl on January 22, 2020, 08:33:00 am »
Yes, it's been tough on wildlife. Koalas have taken a real hit.
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Cultural Topics / Re: 16th of September, a significant day in my country.
« Last post by Fractoggen on January 22, 2020, 08:27:29 am »
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Technical / Re: Small problem when logging in
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