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    Cool To hear about retirement

    Which is the best way to express the following sentence in English? I also ask your help for the second sentence in subjunctive present. Is it OK?

    Who talks is an aged man who has turned 80 and very active :

    1) "I don't want to hear about retirement. The day I be retired will be the day I be dead.
    2) "I don't want to hear talking about retirement. The day I be retired will be the day I be dead.

    Perhaps is there any other way to say the same and in a more suitable and English-sounding way?

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: To hear about retirement

    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    Which is the best way to express the following sentence in English? I also ask your help for the second sentence in subjunctive present. Is it OK?

    The person speaking is an aged man who has turned 80 and very active :

    1) "I don't want to hear about retirement. The day I am / have retired will be the day I am dead.
    2) "I don't want to hear talk about retirement. The day I am retired will be the day I am dead.

    Perhaps is there any other way to say the same and in a more suitable and English-sounding way?

    Thanks a lot
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    Re: To hear about retirement

    Perhaps is there any other way to say the same and in a more suitable and English-sounding way?

    Not really. The sentences were just right for what the person wanted to express:

    "Don't talk about retirement. I'll work until I die."

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    Cool Re: To hear about retirement

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
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    Many Thanks, but let me ask you for a Grammar doubt.
    1) "be", as I've put it, wouldn't be correct at all, or simply it's a demodée way to express the subjunctive idea?

    2) Why "hear talk" and not "hear talking."? I thought gerund was good when expressing activity.


    Thank You for your attention.

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    Re: To hear about retirement

    "talk" is a noun in this sentence. There is "girl talk", "guy talk" "car talk", "work talk", etc. etc.

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