Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    1,814
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default sentence structure


    Most Americans think it's best to get down to brass tacks as soon as possible, and not waste time in small talk(social talk) or beating around the bush.
    Shouldn't it be "it's best to get down...,and not to waste...or to beat around..."?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    12,971
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: sentence structure

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Shouldn't it be "it's best to get down...,and not to waste...or to beat around..."?
    Try looking at it this way:

    . . . to do this, and not (to do) this . . .

    . . . waste time in small talk or waste time beating around the bush.

    Most Americans think it's best to do this, and not this: waste time in small talk or waste time beating around the bush.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    1,814
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: sentence structure

    Most Americans think it's best to do this, and not this.
    "And" serves as a conjucntion so it joints two grammatically the same elements.
    Most Americans think it's best to do this and it's best not to do this.

    But due to redundency, there are alternatives:
    1- Most Americans think it's best to do this and not to do this.
    2- Most Americans think it's best to do this and not this.


    Doesn't #1 make sense?

  4. #4
    RonBee's Avatar
    RonBee is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Posts
    16,571
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: sentence structure

    Blacknomi, you are right, but I think you mean to avoid redundancy (unnecessary words), not due to redundancy.


  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Posts
    12,971
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: sentence structure

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    1- Most Americans think it's best to do this and not to do this.
    2- Most Americans think it's best to do this and not this.

    Doesn't #1 make sense?
    It makes sense to me. But . . . isn't it just another alternative? That is, and here's a question you could help me with, isn't the underlying form:

    It's best to do this and to not do this

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    1,814
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: sentence structure

    WOW! Welcome back! How are you doing, Ron the Poet!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    1,814
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: sentence structure

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    It makes sense to me. But . . . isn't it just another alternative? That is, and here's a question you could help me with, isn't the underlying form:

    It's best to do this and to not do this
    Cats----sie!
    I think it's because the negative of "to do" is "not to do". Therefore, to do and not to do makes perfect sence.

    MASQUERADE! To X and to X--infinitve faces on parade!

  8. #8
    RonBee's Avatar
    RonBee is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Posts
    16,571
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: sentence structure

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    WOW! Welcome back! How are you doing, Ron the Poet!
    If I could just get paid to do this everything would be perfect.

    We have left Saint Louis, and we are trying to start a new life in Charlotte. (It's not easy.)

    (Better, I think, would be "It's best to do this and not to do that." (That one got past me the first time.))

    I have a poem I want to post as soon as I find it. (It's kind of autobiographical.)

    Well, I am running out of time again. I'll be back soon.


  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    1,814
    Post Thanks / Like

    Smile Re: sentence structure

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    If I could just get paid to do this everything would be perfect.

    We have left Saint Louis, and we are trying to start a new life in Charlotte. (It's not easy.)

    (Better, I think, would be "It's best to do this and not to do that." (That one got past me the first time.))

    I have a poem I want to post as soon as I find it. (It's kind of autobiographical.)

    Well, I am running out of time again. I'll be back soon.

    1- Ask Red5! (giggles)
    2- You are back to Charlotte! Are you a missionary? They travel a lot to preach and preach and preach. I hope you have a bigger car to live in.

    3- Post it! I love your poems!
    4- Good bye, Mr. Clock-that runs out of time!

    Happy New Year!

  10. #10
    RonBee's Avatar
    RonBee is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Posts
    16,571
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: sentence structure

    No, I am not a missionary. I do enjoy public speaking, but not to convert people. (I just like to talk. )

    We have no car, I'm afraid. (Not anymore.)

    (I'm still looking for that poem.)

    Sooner or later I always run out of time, because I get on at the library.

    I'm learning how to "think fast".


Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. sentence structure question
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 17-Jan-2008, 09:53
  2. Sentence structure
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-Jun-2004, 06:22
  3. sentence structure
    By Joe in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 02-Jun-2004, 16:10
  4. a sentence structure
    By Joe in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-Apr-2004, 16:17
  5. a sentence structure
    By Joe in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 28-Feb-2004, 12:31

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •