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    Default to escape or to have escaped

    My dear teachers, every time I read your answer posts, I am toched. How great you are.
    Now your help is appreciated here again.
    I came across such a sentence:
    In preparing the handbook, tha author can not hope to have escaped the sin of omission .
    What does this sentence mean?
    If I change the sentence into the following one, is there any difference between them?
    In preparing the handbook, tha author can not hope to escape the sin of omission.
    Thanks a lot. I am waiting for your answers in China.

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    Default Re: to escape or to have escaped

    It means the author may have missed something out.

    Your alteration does not improve the sentence.

    Rover

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    Default Re: to escape or to have escaped

    1. In preparing the handbook, the author can not hope to have escaped the sin of omission .
    S/he recognises the futility of her hope that s/he did not leave out anything while she was writing.

    2. In preparing the handbook, the author can not hope to escape the sin of omission.
    S/he recognises the futility of her hope that she is not leaving out anything while she is writing.

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    Default Re: to escape or to have escaped

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    It means the author may have missed something out.

    Your alteration does not improve the sentence.

    Rover


    Thanks. But I still think there are some differences between the two sentences.

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    Default Re: to escape or to have escaped

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    1. In preparing the handbook, the author can not hope to have escaped the sin of omission .
    S/he recognises the futility of her hope that s/he did not leave out anything while she was writing.

    2. In preparing the handbook, the author can not hope to escape the sin of omission.
    S/he recognises the futility of her hope that she is not leaving out anything while she is writing.
    Sorry, I made a spelling mistake. I can't agree you more. That is how I understand the differences between them too.

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    Default Re: to escape or to have escaped

    Quote Originally Posted by tianhang View Post
    Thanks. But I still think there are some differences between the two sentences.
    As I pointed out in my earlier post. However, in practical terms, there is no significant difference.

    In any case, both have a distinctly old-fashioned ring.
    Last edited by 5jj; 07-Nov-2011 at 12:52. Reason: typo

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