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    2.gave a nudge to Helen ?

    Now that we can say I paid a visit to some old friends, why not I gave a nudge to Helen ?
    Please give some help to me.Is it correct?
    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: 2.gave a nudge to Helen ?

    Quote Originally Posted by notletrest View Post
    Now that we can say I paid a visit to some old friends, why not I gave a nudge to Helen ?
    Please give some help to help me.Is it correct?
    Thanks a lot.
    why not give Helen a nudge?
    The two parts of the sentence do not seem related.
    The first part sounds strange.

    not a teacher

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    Re: 2.gave a nudge to Helen ?

    Quote Originally Posted by notletrest View Post
    Now that we can say I paid a visit to some old friends, why not I gave a nudge to Helen ?
    Please give some help to me.Is it correct?
    Thanks a lot.
    It can be meaningful but very situational.
    By the way, the sentence seems to be stylistically ill-formed, because pay a visit to somebody sounds to be sort of formal, but using give a nudge to a person to mean visit a person can be somehow informal.
    Here are some less formal choices:

    -I'll look Helen up.
    -Now that I have visited my old friends, I think I'm going to go around to Helen's.

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    Re: 2.gave a nudge to Helen ?

    Now that we can say I paid a visit to some old friends, why not I gave a nudge to Helen ?

    It is the underlined part that is strange.

    Using give a nudge to a person to mean visit a person can be somehow informal.
    In fact, it is wrong use of the word. You nudge a person to get his/her attention, not visit the person.

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    Re: 2.gave a nudge to Helen ?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Now that we can say I paid a visit to some old friends, why not I gave a nudge to Helen ?

    It is the underlined part that is strange.

    Using give a nudge to a person to mean visit a person can be somehow informal.
    In fact, it is wrong use of the word. You nudge a person to get his/her attention, not visit the person.
    Wrong use of the expression. I suggested some other ones, and that's why I call it situational.
    Sure it's strange! In the second example of my previous post, I made some grammatical changes to the first clause that might improve it?
    Last edited by chester_100; 03-Jul-2010 at 07:13.

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    Re: 2.gave a nudge to Helen ?

    Quote Originally Posted by notletrest View Post
    Now that we can say I paid a visit to some old friends, why not I gave a nudge to Helen ?
    Please give some help to me.Is it correct?
    Thanks a lot.
    Back to the point of the second half of this sentence:
    I've never heard of this saying. However if it's correct, you'd need to say, " ... why don't I give a nudge to Helen?"
    But it's possible I've misunderstood what you're trying to say.
    Could you perhaps rephrase it?

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    Re: 2.gave a nudge to Helen ?

    I've never come across 'a nudge' meaning a visit- it could be a reminder, etc.

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    Re: 2.gave a nudge to Helen ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I've never come across 'a nudge' meaning a visit- it could be a reminder, etc.
    - though I suppose the visit might offer the opportunity to give someone a nudge. As the word 'nudge' suggests only a brief contact, perhaps the OP was looking for the expressions 'look in on' or 'touch base with'.

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    Re: 2.gave a nudge to Helen ?

    hi,
    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker,

    Quote Originally Posted by notletrest View Post
    Now that we can say "I paid a visit to some old friends", why not "I gave a nudge to Helen" ?
    Please give some help to me. Is it correct?
    Thanks a lot.
    I think the OP might be asking why one grammar structure is preferred to another.

    I visited some old friends.
    I paid a visit to some old friends.
    I paid some old friends a visit.

    I nudged Helen.
    I gave a nudge to Helen.
    I gave Helen a nudge.

    Please help me.
    Please give some help to me.
    Please give me some help.

    I'm not the best mind reader so please don't quote me on that.

    Cheers,
    Last edited by Jaskin; 03-Jul-2010 at 15:54. Reason: typo

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    Re: 2.gave a nudge to Helen ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    I thing the OP might be asking why one grammar structure is preferred to another.
    Yes, there are different ways to arrange a sentence to express the same thing. It is matter of choice.
    In general, I'd go for brevity and clarity.

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