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    Post Put my hand

    Dear teachers

    Is this sentence below idiomatic?

    I put my hand to establish the partnership.

    As I understand it, 'put my hand' is close in meaning to 'make oneself available'.

    Thank you

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    Default Re: Put my hand

    Where did you find this sentence? It seems to be missing a word.

    Are you sure it is not "put my hand in," indicating that he extended his hand to shake hands over the new partnership?

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    Default Re: Put my hand

    Would it be OK if I changed the sentence and the position of the preposition?

    I put in my hand to establish the partnership.

    Thank you

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    Default Re: Put my hand

    On second thought, I think "put out my hand" is better.

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    Default Re: Put my hand

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Would it be OK if I changed the sentence and the position of the preposition?

    I put in my hand to establish the partnership.

    Thank you
    If this is intended to be about a handshake, I would say either "put out my hand" or "extend my hand". Also, "put my hand to" means to sign something. One could say "I put my hand to the contract establishing the partnership."
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 18-Sep-2013 at 23:01. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: Put my hand

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    If this is intended to be about a handshake, I would say either "put out my hand" or "extend my hand". Also, "put my hand to" means to sign something. One could say "I put my hand to the contract establishing the partnership."
    No, it is not about a handshake. I thought I could use that idiom to say (in an email) that I am willing/open to establish a partnership.

    Thank you
    Last edited by Offroad; 19-Sep-2013 at 00:23. Reason: corrected typo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    No, it is not about a handshake. I thought I could use that idiom to say (in an email) that I am willing/open to establish a partnership.

    Thank you
    I corrected a typo in my post to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    No, it is not about a handshake. I thought I could use that idiom to say (in an email) that I am willing/open to establish a partnership.

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    Well, you can't. Sorry.
    You could make up a scenario for en email conversation:
    A: Will you give me your hand on that?
    B: Well it's a bit hard in an email, but you have my hand metaphorically.

    Doing things with your hands doesn't translate well to email (except for typing).

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    Default Re: Put my hand

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I corrected a typo in my post to you.
    And I amended it!

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Well, you can't. Sorry.
    You could make up a scenario for en email conversation:
    A: Will you give me your hand on that?
    B: Well it's a bit hard in an email, but you have my hand metaphorically.

    Doing things with your hands doesn't translate well to email (except for typing).
    Very much appreciated, I will think of something else.

    Thank you

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    Default Re: Put my hand

    not a teacher

    You can say: "I put my hand up to be in the partnership".
    Here, "put my hand up" does mean to make yourself available.

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