Results 1 to 7 of 7
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Hindi
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 56
    #1

    Question shoelaces Grammar question

    In India we say knot the shoelaces.
    Is this correct?
    Or shall/Should we say lace the shoelaces? (Which is correct shall or should?)

  1. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,629
    #2

    Re: shoelaces Grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by ihop View Post
    In India we say knot the shoelaces.
    Is this correct?
    Or shall/Should we say lace the shoelaces? (Which is correct shall or should?)
    I have always used "tie your shoelaces".

  2. Ouisch's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2006
    • Posts: 4,142
    #3

    Re: shoelaces Grammar question

    In AmE "lace the shoelaces" means to actually thread the laces through the holes in the shoes. "Tie the shoelaces" means to pull the laces tight and tie them in the bow that will hold them securely. "Knot the shoelaces" is not a common phrase, and referring to a knot when discussing shoelaces means that the bow was tied incorrectly and has come undone and now there is a knot that needs to be undone before the lace can be re-tied correctly.

  3. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,629
    #4

    Re: shoelaces Grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by ihop View Post
    (Which is correct shall or should?)
    It is more common to use "should" but "shall" is not wrong, it is a bit 19th century like much of Indian English, I find it charming.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 57,912
    #5

    Re: shoelaces Grammar question

    You can also do your shoelaces [up] in BrE.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 12,310
    #6

    Re: shoelaces Grammar question

    Or just "tie your shoes."

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 57,912
    #7

    Re: shoelaces Grammar question

    Or fasten your shoelaces/shoes

Similar Threads

  1. question on grammar
    By diplomacy in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 26-Apr-2010, 21:59
  2. Grammar Question
    By Brock A Schmitt in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 17-Feb-2010, 22:59
  3. Grammar Question /1
    By Gymnopédies in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 16-Dec-2007, 21:53
  4. grammar question
    By chris.feng in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 27-Jul-2007, 01:48
  5. grammar question
    By mariana guerrero in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-May-2006, 23:31

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •