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Hi guys~ I have some questions that I really want to know. Please let me know!
1. Is this sentence gramatically OK? I already know that 'My sister always pinches me and it really hurts.' and 'My sister is always pinching me and it really hurts.' are both collect.
a. My sister always pinching me, it really hurts.
2. Do these sentences have the same meaning?
b. They only ask people to pay what they think it is worth. c. They only ask people to pay whatever they think it is worth.
Thank you in advance.
Last edited by ddablo; 07-Nov-2012 at 10:02.
I can say with 99.99% confidence that -- I am sad to say -- the sentence is not OK.
You need an auxiliary verb ("is"), and the use of the comma is incorrect.
It would be necessary to change it to something like:
My sister is always pinching me. It really hurts.
It seems to me that your best bet is the one that you have already written: "My sister is always pinching me and it really hurts."
Or you might consider the sentence that I suggested. Breaking it up into two sentences may make the situation sound
a bit more dramatic and emphatic.
Last edited by TheParser; 07-Nov-2012 at 12:23. Reason: Odessa Dawn gently reminded me that I had misspelled "with."
I found something that may interest you.
1. His mother gives him what he asks for.
2. His mother gives him whatever he asks for.
3. His mother gives him whatsoever he asks for.
A great scholar explains:
No. 2 is more indefinite (not definite) than No. 1.
No. 3 is the most indefinite of the three sentences.
By the way, some very strict teachers suggest that "only" be placed in another place:
"They ask people to pay only what/ whatever/ whatsoever they think it is worth."
* George Oliver Curme, A Grammar of the English Language (1931), Vol. II, page 213.
I really thank both of you, Bhaisahab and TheParser.
Your answers are crystal clear and I'd like to thank TheParser again for additional tip.