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    Default I've got sb to do sth vs. I've got sb doing sth

    Which of these sentences is correct?
    -I've got only one student to arrive on Monday.
    -I've got only one student arriving on Monday.
    -I've got only one student who is arriving on Monday.

    The first one seems to me to be fine. It means:
    -I've got only one student who is to arrive on Monday.

    The second one seems odd.

    The third is similar to the first.

    If my statements make sense, I should use the first and the third sentences. What do you think?

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    Default Re: I've got sb to do sth vs. I've got sb doing sth

    Quote Originally Posted by Flash
    Which of these sentences is correct?
    -I've got only one student to arrive on Monday.
    -I've got only one student arriving on Monday.
    -I've got only one student who is arriving on Monday.

    The first one seems to me to be fine. It means:
    -I've got only one student who is to arrive on Monday.

    The second one seems odd.

    The third is similar to the first.

    If my statements make sense, I should use the first and the third sentences. What do you think?
    Hi Flash,

    The first one is the strange one for this collocation, using 'to arrive'. The second is simply the reduced relative form of the third one. The second and third ones sound natural.

    1) I've got only one student to arrive on Monday.

    The first one seems to me to be fine. It means:
    1a) I've got only one student who is to arrive on Monday.

    1) & 1a) don't mean the same thing. 1a) is a neutral statement of fact, while 1) seems to suggest a specific command/request of that student to arrive on Monday.

    The structure, "get somebody to do something" usually entails an active request/demand but in this case, it doesn't seem [because of the meaning of 1a)]that this one student arriving on Monday has come about because of that type of request/demand.

    It could happen of course. Example: I send emails requesting that the students arrive on Monday. Only one agrees to this request, the rest can't make it until later in the week. Then, -->>

    1b) I've got only one student [who has agreed] to arrive on Monday.

    meaning,

    1c) I've only been able to get one student to arrive on Monday.
    Last edited by DBP; 20-Jul-2005 at 22:56.

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