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    Question Would you please answer my immediate question?

    Hello, there,
    I would appreciate it if you can answer my question;


    Which sentence is correct and why?

    He should go to the hospital to visit his uncle.
    He should go to the hospital visit his uncle.

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    Post Re: Would you please answer my immediate question?

    Quote Originally Posted by taghavi View Post
    Hello, there,
    I would appreciate it if you can answer my question;


    Which sentence is correct and why?

    He should go to the hospital to visit his uncle.
    He should go to the hospital and visit his uncle.
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    Re: Would you please answer my immediate question?

    Quote Originally Posted by taghavi View Post
    Hello, there,
    I would appreciate it if you can answer my question;


    Which sentence is correct and why?

    He should go to the hospital to visit his uncle.
    He should go to the hospital visit his uncle.
    The first one is correct, the second one incorrect. Adding the conjunction 'and' works, as mamen suggests, because it turns the phrase visit his uncle into an elliptical clause:


    • He should go and (he should) visit.

    Note, 'he should' is omitted, but the verb 'visit' still has a subject, 'he'.
    The problem with your second sentence (i.e., he should go to the hospital visit his uncle) is that the verb 'visit' lacks a function. Either give it a subject, as mamen suggest, or make it so it doesn't need a subject--that is, make it non-finite as such:


    • He should go to the hospital (in order) to visit his uncle.

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    Re: Would you please answer my immediate question?

    Many thanks for your help and explanation.

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    Re: Would you please answer my immediate question?

    Hi taghavi,

    -Such structures are frequently used to show purpose. Since they’re not existent in your mother tongue, it may sound a bit challenging to master them. You can substitute the “to” with a clause like “so that he/she could/would/can” to make sure the sentence is used to show a purpose:

    He should go to the hospital to visit his uncle.
    He should go to the hospital so that he can visit his uncle.

    You can use the Persian words “Taa” and “ke” as good equivalents for “to” and “so that he can” in such English sentences.


    -Non-finite verbs:

    -As Soup said, you can use a non-finite verb in that sentence. They are usually of two types: infinitives and participles and they possess some characteristics:

    1. They don’t show the subject.
    2. They don’t show the tense.
    3. Their tense is usually accordant with that of the main verb.

    To stay in that house was unbearable.
    Eating his breakfast, he decided to go.

    -Does the following excerpt sound familiar to you?

    The broken ice
    Will run down to your feet
    To make your toes warm
    In the stream
    Runing to the sea


    "Multiple Sclerosis" (MS) poem


    The broken ice will run down to your feet to make your toes warm.
    The broken ice will run down to your feet so that it may make your toes warm.





    Bye!
    Chester

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    #6

    Re: Would you please answer my immediate question?

    Hello Chester,

    Thanks for your describing.

    I do know about such this structure, however, a teacher selected for her student the wrong form of this sentence; "He goes to the hospital visit her uncle". I was wondered if it was her right!!!!!!!!!In fact, I did convey sth wrong to her student. Now I am sure about my guess.

    Best,

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