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    how to use bother

    Dear teachers,

    Here are two example sentences that I really need your help to clarify:

    (1):
    Why don't you bother to take a bath?
    (Should the receiver take or not take a bath?)
    (2):
    Why did you bother to call her?
    (She should call or should not call?)

    Thank you

    Kitty.

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    Re: how to use bother

    Quote Originally Posted by kwfine View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Here are two example sentences that I really need your help to clarify:

    (1):
    Why don't you bother to take a bath?
    (Should the receiver take or not take a bath?)
    He should, if he cares what the asker thinks.
    It means "Why don't you take the trouble to have a bath occasionally; you stink!"


    (2):
    Why did you bother to call her? = Past Tense
    (She should call or should not call?)
    She has already called. The questioner is asking her why she bothered.

    Thank you

    Kitty.
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    Re: how to use bother

    Quote Originally Posted by kwfine View Post
    (She should call or should not call?)
    Maybe you wanted to ask if she should have called?

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    Re: how to use bother

    Thanks, Raymott, and mmasny

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