I would like to know the difference between "1" and "2".
1. You have a nerve telling me what to do.
2. You have the nerve to tell me what to do.
2. 'the nerve' can be short for 'all the nerve'. Both your sentences are fine, and they mean the same thing.
Soup is right they are similar, but there can be a slight difference. The first would be used after the fact, i.e. after someone has shown that nerve, and means "I am not happy that you told me what to do." The second is theoretical, and would not normally be used right after a bossy incident. For example, when comparing two personalities. "You are shy." -- "Yes, but you aren't.... You have the nerve to tell me what to do" [in general].
Originally Posted by wowenglish1
By wowenglish1 in forum Ask a Teacher
Last Post: 30-Jan-2008, 00:21
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