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    Question using "using"

    I'm trying to help an esl student and I have a question:

    I asked the student to "write 5 sentences using the words in red."

    Her question was "why use "using" in the sentence?"

    I honestly don't know why. Is there some grammatical reason or is there some grammatical loophole that allows the word "using" to mean "with" in some instances?

    Thanks for any help

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    Re: using "using"

    You could look on it as a reduced relative clause instead of 'five sentences that use...'.


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    Question Re: using "using"

    Thanks Tdol, If Tdol is correct than the student will wonder why "use" changes to "using." SEE my logic below.



    Relative clause: The man that I saw was big = Reduced relative: The man I saw was big.

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    Relative clause: Write 5 sentences that use the words in red.= Reduced relative: Write 5 sentences use the words in red.

    *obviously the last sentence is incorrect and needs to be "using."

    Any ideas?

    Thanks much!

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    Re: using "using"

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I'm trying to help an esl student and I have a question:

    I asked the student to "write 5 sentences using the words in red."

    Her question was "why use "using" in the sentence?"

    I honestly don't know why. Is there some grammatical reason or is there some grammatical loophole that allows the word "using" to mean "with" in some instances?

    Thanks for any help
    I don't see the problem. The sentence is grammatical without loopholes (unless I'm missing something).
    Tdol's interpretation has the sentences using the words, but I think you want the student to use the words.

    Using the words in red, write five sentences.
    Employing the words in red ...
    Write five sentences that include the words in red.
    (This version doesn't specify whether it's the sentence or the student that is 'using' the words).

    What is the exact nature of your student's objection to this word?

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