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    structure problem

    Could you please help me on the structure of the sentence below?
    Is it correct to say "One possible solution to this problem would be for parents to encourage children..."?

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    Re: structure problem

    [One possible solution to this problem] [would be] [for parents to encourage children].

    SVC (subject - verb - (infinitive clause as) subject complement)

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    Re: structure problem

    Thank you very much!!!
    Is it also correct to say: "One possible solution to the problem for parents would be.."?

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    Re: structure problem

    You could, though 'this' sounds better to me, without having any more context, as 'the' could also imply that it is the only problem.

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    Re: structure problem

    Actually it's my fault.I didn't phrase it correctly.I wanted to say..."A possible solution to this problem for parents would be..." or "A possibler solution to this problem would be for parents to..."
    Which one sounds better?

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    Re: structure problem

    Although the position of the for-phrase is grammatically variable in the way that you suggest, note that the structure (and meaning) change according to the position selected. In the original, 'parents' is specified as the agent of the verb 'encourage' (and not as necessarily being connected with the problem), while in the revised form it is simply an adjectival postmodifier to 'problem' (while verbal agent is unspecified).

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    Re: structure problem

    Thank you very much!You've been of so much help!

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