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    Robert Byrd inconvenienced the Democrats by dying.

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    I bet it is good English, for I heard a native speaker say that on Radio. My question is: can we say 'Robert Byrd inconvenienced the Democrats with his death' to mean the same? Thank you.

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    It's said with irony. Very few people would ever intentionally choose to inconvenience someone with his own death. The use of "by dying" implies a deliberate choice, and adds to the irony, more than a neutral "his death" does.
    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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    Default Re: inconvenience the Democrats by dying

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    It's said with irony. Very few people would ever intentionally choose to inconvenience someone with his own death. The use of "by dying" implies a deliberate choice, and adds to the irony, more than a neutral "his death" does.
    Yes, I agree. The speaker is a conservative talker. It sounded a bit odd to me and that is why I posted the thread.

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    A long time incumbent like Byrd was assured of re-election. With his death, it is possible the seat may be won by the Republican party.

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