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    Default to keep you/that keeps you

    Which are correct:

    1-What problems do you have to keep you awake at night.
    2-What problems do you have that keep you awake at night.

    3-What work do you have to do to keep you awake at night.
    4-What work do you have to do that keeps you awake at night.

    I think 1 & 3 are incorrect. They seem to imply that you use the problems you have or the work you have to do in order to stay awake at night. It is as if you want to stay awake at night.

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    Post Re: to keep you/that keeps you

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Which are correct:

    1-What problems do you have to keep you awake at night.
    2-What problems do you have that keep you awake at night.

    3-What work do you have to do to keep you awake at night.
    4-What work do you have to do that keeps you awake at night.

    I think 1 & 3 are incorrect. They seem to imply that you use the problems you have or the work you have to do in order to stay awake at night. It is as if you want to stay awake at night.
    1 and 4 seem to be ungrammatical to me!!!
    {not a teacher}

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    Default Re: to keep you/that keeps you

    Navi Tasan, I agree with you.
    3 and 4 is a bit awkward, but the overall meaning is "Thoughts about which aspects of your work keep you up at night?" right?

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    Default Re: to keep you/that keeps you

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Which are correct:

    1-What problems do you have to keep you awake at night.
    2-What problems do you have that keep you awake at night.

    3-What work do you have to do to keep you awake at night.
    4-What work do you have to do that keeps you awake at night.

    I think 1 & 3 are incorrect. They seem to imply that you use the problems you have or the work you have to do in order to stay awake at night. It is as if you want to stay awake at night.
    Thanks Barb-D,

    The first two were supposed to mean what you say they mean.

    The second two were supposed to mean:
    What is the work that you have to do at nigh-time and which keeps you awake.

    But I am not sure that

    1-What problems do you have to keep you awake at night.

    doesn't imply that you want to stay up at night.

    Is this sentence natural:

    What problems do you have to trouble your dreams?

    To me it sounds that you want to trouble your dreams.

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    Default Re: to keep you/that keeps you

    The idea of intentionally keeping yourself awake by thinking about problems is just not a natural idea, so it's hard to think of how you would exress it naturally in English.

    Your understanding of the difference between "to" and "that" seems spot on.

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