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    Can one say:
    1-What did you hear to decide to leave?
    instead of:
    What did you hear to make you decide to leave?

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Can one say:
    1-What did you hear to decide to leave?
    instead of:
    What did you hear to make you decide to leave?
    It would work, Navi. While it may not be the most felicitous of examples we do often take shortcuts in speech.

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    Default Re: what did you hear to...

    Can one say:
    1-What did you hear to decide to leave?
    instead of:
    What did you hear to make you decide to leave?

    I think it's an awkward interrogative sentence to have 2 consecutive side by side infinitives, so we can simply ask, "What did you hear that you left"? or What did you hear for you to leave"? The second interrogative sentence is a polite way of talking with somebody than simply asking, What did you hear to leave"? The interrogative sentence, "What did you hear to make you decide to leave"? is redundant; sentences should be concise and indicative to avoid unnecessary insertion of words and long construction of sentences. Also, sentences should be constructed in a manner that shows or expresses politeness or courtesy.
    Last edited by Hitch; 24-May-2008 at 10:56. Reason: To improve by emphasis and highlighting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitch View Post
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    [/B] The interrogative sentence, "What did you hear to make you decide to leave"? is redundant; sentences should be concise and indicative to avoid unnecessary insertion of words and long construction of sentences. Also, sentences should be constructed in a manner that shows or expresses politeness or courtesy.
    Hello Hitch and welcome to Using English.

    I don't fully agree with you here on a small point. English actually uses extra words, longer phrases, redundancies to express politeness.

    What time is it?

    Do you have the time?

    Can you tell me the time?

    Could you tell me the time?

    I was wondering if you could tell me the time?

    I was wondering if I could have you/get you to tell me the time?

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    Default Re: what did you hear to...

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    I was wondering if you could tell me the time?
    Or I was wondering if you could possibly tell me the time, please?
    Is my exmple not too polite though?

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