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    As a fashion photographer for more than thirty-five years, my work took me to many places and allowed me to see many things that I might not otherwise have had a chance to observe.

    Obama's back-to-school speech inspires some kids - Yahoo! News
    PHILADELPHIA – On the very first day of the school year, 12-year-old Mileena Rodriguez was reminded by President Barack Obama himself that hard work can take you places.

    "my work took me to many places"
    This is grammatically correct, isn't it?

    "... hard work can take you places."
    Is this grammatically correct, too?

    Thank you.

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    Hello 


    Michael Reinhardt Photography
    As a fashion photographer for more than thirty-five years, my work took me to many places and allowed me to see many things that I might not otherwise have had a chance to observe.

    Obama's back-to-school speech inspires some kids - Yahoo! News
    PHILADELPHIA – On the very first day of the school year, 12-year-old Mileena Rodriguez was reminded by President Barack Obama himself that hard work can take you places.

    "my work took me to many places"
    This is grammatically correct, isn't it? That clause is grammatically correct, but does not fit in that sentence.
    "As a fashion photographer for more than thirty-five years" can not modify "my work".
    Can you fix the sentence?


    "... hard work can take you places."
    Is this grammatically correct, too? It's correct.

    Thank you.


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    Thank you, 2006.

    What about "I have been a fashion photographer for more than thirty-five years. My work took me to many places ..."?

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    Isn't "... hard work can take you to places" correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Thank you, 2006.

    What about "I have been a fashion photographer for more than thirty-five years. My work took me to many places ..."?
    Yes, you can say that, but you can correct the sentence with more minor changes.

    'As I was a fashion photograher.........years, my work................observe.'

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    Default Re: ... hard work can take you places

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Isn't "... hard work can take you to places" correct?
    No, not here because in this idiom "places" doesn't have a literal meaning. Here "can take you places" means give you success.

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    Default Re: ... hard work can take you places

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post





    Hello 


    Michael Reinhardt Photography
    As a fashion photographer for more than thirty-five years, my work took me to many places and allowed me to see many things that I might not otherwise have had a chance to observe.

    Obama's back-to-school speech inspires some kids - Yahoo! News
    PHILADELPHIA – On the very first day of the school year, 12-year-old Mileena Rodriguez was reminded by President Barack Obama himself that hard work can take you places.

    "my work took me to many places"
    This is grammatically correct, isn't it?

    "... hard work can take you places."
    Is this grammatically correct, too?

    Thank you.


    Yes, they're both correct. I think I understand why you're asking, so I'll try to explain.

    "my work took me to many places" - "to many places" - noun


    "... hard work can take you places." "places" - adverb - There's nothing else this can be even though it's not listed as an adverb in the dictionary.

    Is this grammatically correct, too? - Yes, but, of course, it's not meant in the literal sense of traveling places. See the colloquial expression "go places". He uses colloquial speech, but he doesn't make the same sort of grammatical errors as the other one. Nor does he say things that are illogical.

    I suspect the expression "go places" is marked as "colloquial" because it uses "places" as an adverb, and "place" is technically not an adverb. It's a noun, much like "my place" or "my home" is a noun. However, "home" is an adverb by itself: They're going home. They're going places. - see the expression below.

    go places: Information from Answers.com

    Make progress, succeed, as in I suspect they'll be going places with the new product, or Now that she has her doctorate I'm sure she'll go places. [Colloquial; early 1900s]

    place: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com
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    Default Re: ... hard work can take you places

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    2006 "my work took me to many places"
    This is grammatically correct, isn't it? That clause is grammatically correct, but does not fit in that sentence.
    "As a fashion photographer for more than thirty-five years" can not modify "my work".
    Can you fix the sentence?
    I agree. I understand what you mean here. However, the first thing I might notice about this sentence is that the meaning is clear even if the combination of the phrase and the clause is not logical, and therefore, technically not correct.

    The sentence could be rewritten:

    My job as a fashion photographer, for more than thirty-five years, took me to many places all over the world.

    Can a job take you to many places? I think so. It can also take you places, and you can go places. I think the same is true of work.

    My work as a fashion photographer, for more than thirty-five years, took me to many places all over the world.

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