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    #1

    Tendency of, inclination of...hmmm...

    Are these sentences acceptable?

    "I knew about the inclination of Hannah to be late.

    "I knew about the tendency of Hannah to be late.


    I know that you can say "Hannah's inclination", and I also know that you can say "the inclination for", and "tendency for", but I want to know if these variants are acceptable. They are Hannah's qualities, so shouldn't they be fine?

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    #2

    Re: Tendency of, inclination of...hmmm...

    It would actually be better to say "I knew OF Hannah's inclination to be late" and "I knew of Hannah's tendencey to be late".


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    #3

    Re: Tendency of, inclination of...hmmm...

    thanks a lot! I still don't know if the above are acceptable though, it is tricky.


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    #4

    Re: Tendency of, inclination of...hmmm...

    Quote Originally Posted by Passionwagon View Post
    thanks a lot! I still don't know if the above are acceptable though, it is tricky.
    They are grammatically correct, but they sound stilted.


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    #5

    Re: Tendency of, inclination of...hmmm...

    Thanks! It's all too intricate for my liking. )


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    #6

    Re: Tendency of, inclination of...hmmm...

    Hello,
    I agree with Coffa - nobody would say so. I'd say
    I knew that Hanna was often late.
    I knew that Hanna was hardly ever on time.
    Rgs

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