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    demanded (on)

    Tim demanded on being told the complete story.

    Is 'on' needed?

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    it is not needed

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    Re: demanded (on)

    With or without the "on", the sentence doesn't make sense; but you could say:

    1. Tim demanded to be told the whole story.
    2. Tim demanded a stiff whisky, on being told the whole story.

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    Re: demanded (on)

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    With or without the "on", the sentence doesn't make sense; but you could say:

    1. Tim demanded to be told the whole story.
    2. Tim demanded a stiff whisky, on being told the whole story.

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    MrP
    Hello MrP

    What does the second sentence mean? Why did Tim demand a stiff whisky after he was told the whole story. I thought the teller should demand the whisky from Tim.

    Sorry for being slow in understanding.


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    Stiff whisky is so strong that by the first gulp you are drunk. A small measure of it can kill you.

    Ps sentence differs in meaning from yours. He just wanted to show you an example of how something similar to 'demand on' works.

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    Re: demanded (on)

    Svart has it right, ET in the second example, the whisky is necessary after the story, and the structure is of a different kind.

    (Presumably it was a particularly terrifying story.)

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