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    #1

    Strange sentence

    Hello,
    I read this some minutes ago:

    This one better work to spec.

    It is a bit odd to me.

    First:
    Why is it work and not works?
    Is this a call?
    Like: "Everybody dance!"
    (Here: "Dances" would be wrong.)

    Is the sentence's meaning something like:
    "This one should better work to its specs."
    Or maybe:
    "This one better work to people who specate it."

    The topic is about a robot which was previously faulty and fallen apart in front of audience (humiliation for the developer).
    (If this helps.)

    Cheers!


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    #2

    Re: Strange sentence

    I don't like to bump my own thread, but I think I posted it at a wrong time
    Right now, a lot of teachers are online, so the chances to solve the problem are much better

    Or maybe this sentence is too easy

    Cheers!

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    Re: Strange sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    I read this some minutes ago:

    This one better work to spec.

    It is a bit odd to me.

    First:
    Why is it work and not works?
    Is this a call?
    Like: "Everybody dance!"
    (Here: "Dances" would be wrong.)

    Is the sentence's meaning something like:
    "This one should better work to its specs."
    Or maybe:
    "This one better work to people who specate it."

    The topic is about a robot which was previously faulty and fallen apart in front of audience (humiliation for the developer).
    (If this helps.)

    Cheers!
    I am not a teacher.


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    #4

    Re: Strange sentence

    Is it taken from tekkenpedia?

    "A woman walks into Lee's office. She tells him that the new Combot prototype is finished. She lays a book on Lee's desk. The phrase "Combot II" can be seen on it. Lee says, "This one better work to spec." The woman tells him that combat experiments were conducted against Heihachi, and then she says that 10.23 seconds into the experiment, Combot unleashed a 50 hit combination. She finishes by saying, "Heihachi was completely helpless." Lee chuckles and says, "Excellent.", while mixing his glass of wine around. Lee is shown smiling."

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    #5

    Re: Strange sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    I read this some minutes ago:

    This one better work to spec.

    It is a bit odd to me.

    First:
    Why is it work and not works?
    Is this a call?
    Like: "Everybody dance!"
    (Here: "Dances" would be wrong.)

    Is the sentence's meaning something like:
    "This one should better work to its specs."
    Or maybe:
    "This one better work to people who specate it."

    The topic is about a robot which was previously faulty and fallen apart in front of audience (humiliation for the developer).
    (If this helps.)

    Cheers!


    Not exactly sure whether you're puzzled by the structure or the content, so here goes...........

    The sentence, if written rather than spoken, would have been, "This one had better work to specifications.

    i.e. This robot had better do what it was designed to do and nothing more. (with an implied "or else!")

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    #6

    Re: Strange sentence

    Thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by thx0110 View Post
    Is it taken from tekkenpedia?
    Yes, I saw it in Lee's epilogue.

    Cheers!

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