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    Red face problem

    Please tell me which of the following sentences are correct, giving due detail of the construction:

    1) write a letter to your brother to send you money you want.
    2) write a letter to your brother, requesting him to send you money you want.


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    Re: problem

    The 1st sentence sounds bad to me!
    The 2nd sentence sounds ok to me, however, I would write it this way:

    Write a letter to your brother, with the request to send you the money you want.

    Money you want = you refer to specific money.
    (For example the money you borrowed him.)
    That's why I would use the "the".

    P.S. I'm not a teacher...

    Cheers!


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    Re: problem

    Quote Originally Posted by shaukat mahmood View Post
    Please tell me which of the following sentences are correct, giving due detail of the construction:

    1) write a letter to your brother to send you money you want.
    2) write a letter to your brother, requesting him to send you money you want.


    REGARDS!

    Shaukat mahmood
    Write a letter to your brother to send you money you want.
    When a subject is not present in a non-finite clause, the normal attachment rule for identifying the subject is that it is assumed to be identical in reference to the subject of the subordinate clause. The attachment rule is relaxed in certain cases:
    1. The clause is a style disjunct and the I of the speaker is the implied subbject (putting it mildly, you did not....")
    2. The implied subject is the whole of the matrix clause (I will help you if (it) necessary.)
    3. If the implied subject is an indefinite pronoun or a prop. it (When (someone is) dining in a restaurant, a jacket and a tie are required.)

    None of 1, 2, 3 is the case with your first sentence. Therefore, I am inclined towards thinking that the first sentence is incorrect. Try this:

    Write a letter to your brother, telling him you need the money.

    Write a letter to your brother, requesting him to send you money you want.
    I would say this is fine.

    I am not sure about the uses of comma here:
    your brother, requesting him
    to your brother, telling him you need
    Others will help you out with that.
    Last edited by Kondorosi; 12-Jan-2010 at 17:21.

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    Re: problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    send you the money you want.

    Money you want = you refer to specific money.
    (For example the money you borrowed him.)
    That's why I would use the "the".
    I agree. If you are not referring to a specific amount of money which formerly you agreed upon with your brother, or to a specific money in the form of bills , which, let's say kept for you by your brother, you should use definite article.If it isn't so, go for "some money" or specify the amount of it.

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    Re: problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    The 1st sentence sounds bad to me!
    The 2nd sentence sounds ok to me, however, I would write it this way:

    Write a letter to your brother, with the request to send you the money you want.

    Money you want = you refer to specific money.
    (For example the money you borrowed him.)
    That's why I would use the "the".

    P.S. I'm not a teacher...

    Cheers!
    (For example the money you borrowed him.)

    I think you mean "lent him".

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    #6

    Re: problem

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    (For example the money you borrowed him.)

    I think you mean "lent him".
    Maybe, his brother promised to lend him the money but haven't sent it yet.


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    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    Maybe, his brother promised to lend him the money but haven't sent it yet.
    borrow from
    lend (to)

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    Re: problem

    Quote Originally Posted by shaukat mahmood View Post
    Please tell me which of the following sentences are correct, giving due detail of the construction:

    1) write a letter to your brother to send you money you want.
    2) write a letter to your brother, requesting him to send you money you want.


    REGARDS!

    Shaukat mahmood
    This appears to be the third time you have asked the same question, in the same forum. It is entitled "Problem" twice, and "Explanation" once. You have received answers in all 3 posts.

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