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    Cricket is interesting playing. The book is fine reading.

    Can we use these sentences?
    Are they correct?

    (a) Cricket is interesting playing
    (b) The book is fine reading.

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    Re: Cricket is interesting playing. The book is fine reading.

    Quote Originally Posted by mfhaq77 View Post
    Can we use these sentences?
    Are they correct?

    (a) Cricket is interesting playing
    (b) The book is fine reading.
    You've already posted this and have been answered.
    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...s-correct.html

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    Re: Cricket is interesting playing. The book is fine reading.

    (b) is fine; (a) sounds a bit unusual to me - I wouldn't say it was wrong, but I can't imagine anyone saying it. (Shame Soup's no longer with us - she was the one for these 'middle voice' questions.)

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    Re: Cricket is interesting playing. The book is fine reading.

    What about
    'Cricket is interesting for playing'
    or
    'Cricket is interesting for playing with'

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    Re: Cricket is interesting playing. The book is fine reading.

    Quote Originally Posted by yourek View Post
    What about
    'Cricket is interesting for playing'
    or
    'Cricket is interesting for playing with'
    It is interesting to play cricket or Playing cricket is interesting.

    Your second sentence is nearly right, but you can only play with concrete nouns.


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    Re: Cricket is interesting playing. The book is fine reading.

    Thanks,b
    So 'A cricket is interesting for playing with' is correct, isn't it?

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    Re: Cricket is interesting playing. The book is fine reading.

    Quote Originally Posted by yourek View Post
    Thanks,b
    So 'A cricket is interesting for playing with' is correct, isn't it?
    No it isn't. Cricket is a game played between two teams, one can't play with cricket, one plays cricket.

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    Re: Cricket is interesting playing. The book is fine reading.

    Quote Originally Posted by yourek View Post
    Thanks,b
    So 'A cricket is interesting for playing with' is correct, isn't it?
    It is if you're talking about the insect cricket. But we are discussing the game of cricket.

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    Re: Cricket is interesting playing. The book is fine reading.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It is if you're talking about the insect cricket. ...
    Hardly - there's nothing more tedious than playing with a cricket.

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    Re: Cricket is interesting playing. The book is fine reading.

    Well, when I drop them in my lizards' cage, the lizards suddenly transform from sloth-like creatures who hang out on sticks to very small, predatory dinosaurs, so that's kind of fun.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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