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    I know the following two sentences are correct:
    Do as you are told.
    Do as you were told.

    Then:
    Do as you are told to.
    Do as you were told to.

    Do what you are told.
    Do what you were told.

    Do what you are told to.
    Do what you were told to.

    Do what you are told to do.
    Do what you were told to do.

    Are these sentences all correct? And:
    Just now I told you to do something. Then can I go on to say 'Do as you are told' (I know 'Do as you were told' is correct)?

    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in adance.

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    Nice, whether you don't mind, I'll be following your thread.


    EDITING: My guess:

    Do as you are told to.
    Do what you are told to.

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    Default Re: do as you are told to

    I'm hoping to get further help from native speakers. Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: do as you are told to

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Nice, whether you don't mind, I'll be following your thread.

    EDITING: My guess:
    Do as you are told to.
    Do what you are told to.
    I was wondering if native speakers could help me further.

    National Corpus of American English:
    Do as you are/you're told 24
    Do as you are/you're told to 0
    Do as I say 94

    British National Corpus:
    Do as you are/you're told 26
    Do as you are/you're told to 0
    Do as I say 35

    "Do as you're told to." seems grammatically correct. But do native speakers use this expression?

    Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by joham; 07-Sep-2008 at 02:00. Reason: a word changed.

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    Default Re: do as you are told to

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    I was wondering if native speakers could help me further.

    National Corpus of American English:
    Do as you are/you're told 24
    Do as you are/you're told to 0
    Do as I say 94

    British National Corpus:
    Do as you are/you're told 26
    Do as you are/you're told to 0
    Do as I say 35

    "Do as you're told to." seems grammatically correct. But do native speakers use this expression?

    Thank you in advance.
    "Do as you're told." is mostly what we say. "to" is not necessary.

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