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    agree + preposition

    Hi

    Could you help me with the following?

    Do you agree staying in a foreign country?
    a. with b. about c. off d. in

    I chose b although I`m not so sure. I know that we can use agree with [ a person], agree on a plan and agree to do smth.

    Can I use `Do you agree about staying in a foreign country` ? It sounds rather odd to me.

    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Re: agree + preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by Teia View Post
    Hi

    Could you help me with the following?

    Do you agree staying in a foreign country?
    a. with b. about c. off d. in

    I chose b although I`m not so sure. I know that we can use agree with [ a person], agree on a plan and agree to do smth.

    Can I use `Do you agree about staying in a foreign country` ? It sounds rather odd to me.

    Thank you very much in advance.
    To be honest, none of them make any sense with "staying in a foreign country" as the rest of the sentence!!

    Do you agree with staying....? Makes no sense - are you asking if the person agrees with the concept of living abroad?

    Do you agree about......? No, we never say "agree about".

    Do you agree off......? We never say "agree off".

    Do you agree in .....? We never say "agree in".

    On the basis that the final three choices don't exist in English, I can only imagine that they think a) is right, but I don't agree! Gramatically it's correct, but it makes little sense.

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    Re: agree + preposition

    Hi

    Thank you for your reply. I have been reading an English grammar test for an hour and I am trying to rewrite some of the subjects which I consider to be wrong. The sentence above is one of them. I teach some students and, thus, I prepare some materials for them. In that case what preposition shall I write? Could I use on or to? What is your opinion on that? What would you choose?
    As far as I am concerned, I would choose on. Is my choice correct?

    And again, thank you so much for your quick reply.

    Here is the site I have found the exercise:

    http://www.didactic.ro/files/2/semes...perii_2008.pdf [ question nr. 7]
    Last edited by Teia; 30-Apr-2010 at 19:52.

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    Re: agree + preposition

    Such a test [ semestrial test paper, bla, bla, etc] is supposed to be correctly formulated; it should not [ in fact, it must not] contain any ambiguous items of English grammar, otherwise the students are put into fog [ this is a Romanian phrase translated ad litteram into English - I don`t know the equivalent English one ]

    Nonetheless, there are some enlightened minds which [ I consider that who is not appropriate in this case] make blunders - and these, of course - should not make such mistakes. That`s the reason why I prefer to enter this forum where I can meet real teachers - native speakers - who can help and guide me.
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    Re: agree + preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by Teia View Post
    Hi

    Could you help me with the following?

    Do you agree ……… staying in a foreign country?
    a. with b. about c. off d. in

    I chose b although I`m not so sure. I know that we can use agree with [ a person], agree on a plan and agree to do smth.
    You can also agree with an idea or plan. Do you agree with (the idea/plan of) staying in a foreign country? There is an ellipsis.
    I think "with" is the only acceptable answer, and it is quite acceptable to me.
    Thank you very much in advance.
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    Re: agree + preposition

    Hi 2006!

    Oh, then I have to revise my attitude to all of this

    What about using on or to? Could they be correct too?

    Thank you very much for helping me.

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    Re: agree + preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post

    Do you agree in .....? We never say "agree in".
    The only (good) example I can think of now is 'agree in principle'.
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    Re: agree + preposition

    Oh, thank you.

    Agree in principle... . Interesting point of view. I`ll have to remember this.

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    Re: agree + preposition

    Hi 2006!

    One more question if you don`t mind.
    What part of Canada do you live in?

    I like the name of that province, Saskatchewan. It sounds very musical.

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    Re: agree + preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by Teia View Post
    Hi 2006!

    Oh, then I have to revise my attitude toward all of this

    What about using on or to? Could they be correct too? no and no

    Thank you very much for helping me. You're welcome!
    I live in the province just west of Saskatchewan.

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