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    Hello there.

    Is this sentence grammatically correct?
    I am not sure it makes sense or not.

    The common point in both doctors and teachers is to treat not things
    but persons.

    Please help me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gchman View Post
    Hello there.

    Is this sentence grammatically correct?
    I am not sure it makes sense or not.

    The common point in both doctors and teachers is to treat not things
    but persons.

    Please help me!
    It's correct, but it's more usual to say "people" than "persons" for the plural of "person". You'll read or hear "persons" when someone wants to emphasize individuals. Come to think of it, I'd use "for' in place of "in". I suppose you could write or say "persons" instead of "people", as it goes well with "things", but I think "people" sounds better.

    Both are good. If it's your writing, just keep in mind my comments, and you be the judge of which sentence you want to use.

    The common point for both doctors and teachers is to treat not things but people.

    The common point for both doctors and teachers is to treat not things but persons.


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    I don't find it particularly natural to say that teacher "treat" people though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I don't find it particularly natural to say that teacher "treat" people though.
    I understand "treat" in two different ways in these two sentences.

    treat - give medical assistance - take care of - attend to - for doctors

    treat - regard in a certain way or deal with in a certain way - for teachers, and for other professionals that communicate with people - individuals - or the public in general


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