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    work and drive

    Dear teachers,

    Don't work her too hard. She's still weak.

    Can I replace "work" with "force"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: work and drive

    No. But you could say, "Don't force her to work too hard". In general, someone is forced to do something (work, study etc.) using the infinitive form of a verb after a form of the verb "force". But the verb "force" can be used without an infinitive form for objects, such as "Don't force the lock. It will break".

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    Re: work and drive

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Don't work her too hard. She's still weak.

    Can I replace "work" with "force"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Why is your post entitled "Work and drive"? Drive appears nowhere in your question!

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    Re: work and drive

    Can we say: "Don't push her so hard?"

    I know it is informal; however, is it correct to use it in this context?

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    Re: work and drive

    Yes. It's OK after you have established the pushing subject/topic.

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    Re: work and drive

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Why is your post entitled "Work and drive"? Drive appears nowhere in your question!
    Maybe, being forced to work too hard drives her crazy.

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    Re: work and drive

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Why is your post entitled "Work and drive"? Drive appears nowhere in your question!

    I am sorry. It should be:


    Don't work her too hard. She's still weak.

    Can I replace "work" with "drive"?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: work and drive

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Don't work her too hard. She's still weak.

    Jiang
    It means 'don't make her work too hard', not necessarily by force.
    'Force' would have a differently meaning.

    not a teacher

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