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    Is it correct English to write "to perform a promise" or "to fulfil a task"?

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    Default Re: Perform Promise

    Welcome to the forums, permm.

    You can make, break or keep a promise; you can't perform one.

    You can fulfil a task.

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    Default Re: Perform Promise

    I found this on google:

    books.google.com/books?id=EDntUBHE3a8C&pg=PT775&lpg=PT775&dq=%22per formance+of+promises%22&source=bl&ots=qrKKtAszUf&s ig=MNoGgJ6qa8H3fRoJDOWyGybXcdI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=4qWEU KaYEaauiALo54CIDg&ved=0CCwQ6AEwAA

    "In this respect, however, that law of nature, concerning the performance of promises, is only comprized along with the rest."

    Is it old English?


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    The link leads nowhere (at least in my part of the world).
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Default Re: Perform Promise

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    The link leads nowhere (at least in my part of the world).
    The quotation is from a work by David Hume, a Scottish philosopher who died in 1776 - hardly someone we can use as a model for saying what is acceptable in modern English.


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    Last edited by 5jj; 22-Oct-2012 at 09:47. Reason: typo

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