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    lacce

    1) your shoe lacce are open (can this statement be better and is this one correct)
    2 ) Please tie your shoe lacces...(can this statement be better and is this one correct)
    3) please unless your shoe...(can this statement be better and is this one correct)

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    Re: lacce

    Quote Originally Posted by foodie View Post
    1) your shoe lacce are open (can this statement be better and is this one correct)

    Your shoe laces are untied or Your shoes are untied.

    2 ) Please tie your shoe lacces...(can this statement be better and is this one correct)
    Good, except for the misspelling. You can also say please tie your shoes.

    3) please unless your shoe...(can this statement be better and is this one correct)
    Do you mean please unlace your shoes? This is acceptable, also please untie your shoes.
    Susan
    Last edited by Susan612; 05-Jun-2010 at 21:24.

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    Re: lacce

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    Don't ask if statements can be made better. Statments can be corrected. Better is too subjective - what you think is better is not always what I think is better. You should ask if the statements can be made clearer.
    In the the 3rd sentence I mean I am asking the other person to open the shoe laces so should I say " Please untie your shoe lace" also if because of some accident shoe laces open so what should I say "My shoe laces have got untied"..can this statement be made clearer.Thanks

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    Re: lacce

    , but in Br English we don't say gotten undone' or even 'got undone'; we use 'come undone'.

    Please note that all those "please"s (in earlier posts) would only be said by a parent or teacher (or a bossy elder sibling!). In Br English, unless you're in that sort of parental position, it's normal to warn a stranger 'Your laces are undone', and leave it to them to decide what to do about it. To a friend or acquaintance, something like 'Mind your laces'.

    I think the problem with understanding foodie's 'unless' could be due to a simple transcription error - the word is 'unlace'. But note that unlacing is what you do before taking a shoe off, or before lacing it up more tightly.

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    PS - the last sentence was wrong. See the next note.
    Last edited by BobK; 06-Jun-2010 at 16:06. Reason: Erratum

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    Re: lacce

    This is interesting.

    I would "untie" my shoe to take it off (though my kids just step on the heel and yank their foot out - sigh), but if I "unlaced" my shoe, it would be to completely remove the laces.

    I lace my shoe when I first buy it because it doesn't come laces.

    I tie it when I wear it.
    I untie to take it off.

    Your shoelace is untied.
    Honey, tie your shoe before you go down those stairs.
    If you don't tie your shoe, you're going to fall flat on your face! (To my kid, not a stranger.)

    Please remember to untie your shoe before you take it off.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: lacce

    You're right. Unlacing their shoes is what one tries to persuade children to do before applying polish (to the shoes, that is, not to the children)!

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    #7

    Re: lacce

    /off topic

    When I was in the Navy -- the only time I have ever polished my shoes -- I found it an oddly satisfying task. My shoes has no laces, of course. Just heels. But they went from mussy to gleaming. It was... fulfilling.


    /end off topic
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