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    Question a couple of questions difficult for non-native English speakers

    (1) In an English-Chinese dictionary, there is such an exemplary phrase:
    "sb conferred the title of martyrs to the seventy-five victims"
    I wonder whether it is right. I checked many Britain- and USA-published dictionaries but did not find a similar example. We can say "some title is conferred ON sb". Can we say "sb confers some title TO sb"?

    (2) If we put the person who is given the title at the front, can we say "sb is conferred some title"? If not, how should we say with this order?

    (3) When I checked an English paper for a colleague, I came across such a phrase:
    "a temperature-controled room". He intended to express that the temperature inside the room (lab) is artificially controlled. But I think "a temperature-controled room" means the room is controled by temperature. How should I correct it? Or is it acceptable?


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    Re: a couple of questions difficult for non-native English speakers

    'To confer a title of martyrdom to sy for sg ' is a correct verb pattern.

    A temperature-contolled room is one whose temperature is measured and kept within limits.


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    Re: a couple of questions difficult for non-native English speakers

    engstar: you are correct: confer on
    'confer to' is INCORRECT
    Last edited by Excalibur; 05-Nov-2009 at 13:10.

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    Re: a couple of questions difficult for non-native English speakers

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    'To confer a title of martyrdom to sy for sg ' is a correct verb pattern.

    A temperature-contolled room is one whose temperature is measured and kept within limits.
    It may be a correct verb pattern my friend, but it is not the way we say it, "confer on" is correct, as Excalibur has pointed out.


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    Question Re: a couple of questions difficult for non-native English speakers

    Thanks a lot for three dear guys' answering my question.
    Can anyone answer the second question, ie, is the usage "sb is conferred some title" or "sb is conferred with some title" correct? If not, how should we say it with the person who receives the title at the front?


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    Re: a couple of questions difficult for non-native English speakers

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It may be a correct verb pattern my friend, but it is not the way we say it, "confer on" is correct, as Excalibur has pointed out.

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