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    Default Constructing sentences using the word dance

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    'I dance greatly' is wrong.
    'I dance great' is informally acceptable.
    'I'm a great dancer' is fine.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Or 'My dancing is great'.

    ('His dancing is greatly over-rated! - you can use the -ly adverb there. )

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    But at a birthday party for Herod, Herodias's daughter performed a dance that greatly pleased him,

    7 so he promised with a vow to give her anything she wanted."


    Please check the following sentences in which I am looking forward to constructing statements that are syntactically and semantically acceptable to native English speakers. I have checked the above sources in order to learn how native speakers build a correct sentence of the word dance and I just to follow suit.

    1.I can perform a dance that greatly pleases others.

    2.Performing a dance in such a way can bring you to wealth and prestige.

    3.Your dancing is beyond measure.

    4.Her shape means she can dance greatly.

    5.She is looking forward to performing a dance in which her situation will improve (earning a lot of money). In other words, putting an end to her misery.

    6.She is her family's bread winner and from the lower class. Thus, dancing greatly will set her free from being in debt to debt-free.


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    Default Re: Constructing sentences using the word dance

    [QUOTE=Odessa Dawn;954095]

    #1 and #2 are possible, though unlikely ever be uttered by native speakers, in my opinion. #3 and #4 are unnatural. 5 is just about possible, though very unlikely to be uttered. #6 is not possible,
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: Constructing sentences using the word dance

    I don't know what you hope to achieve, but...
    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
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    1.I can perform a dance that greatly pleases others.OK but unlikely in the 21st century

    2.Performing a dance in such a way can bring you to wealth and prestige. OK but unlikely in the 21st century - even less so with the 'to'.

    3.Your dancing is beyond measure.Grammatically fine, but meaningless. The thing to measure is verve/energeticness/skill.... You can't measure dancing.

    4.Her shape means she can dance greatly. (And I don't care if an infinite number of monkeys produced that text by randomly typing )

    5.She is looking forward to performing a dance in which her situation will improve (earning a lot of money). In other words, putting an end to her misery. After the tick, there is a dangling participle and then a 'sentence' that lacks a finite verb.)

    6.She is her family's bread winner and from the lower class. Thus, dancing greatly will set her free from being in debt to debt-free. See above. Dancing and greatly don't collocate. They can, by an accident of syntax, occur next to each other - as in 'Her dancing greatly pleased him'.
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