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    Question Anecdote

    Is the following construct correct, especially the way of merging the sentences with 'that' and mixing the direct and indirect speeches?

    Sitting next to Coolidge, the then president of U.S., a young newspaperwomen told him that she had a bet with her editor that she would make Mr.Coolidge to speak more than two words to her that evening, for which Coolidge simple rejoined "You lose".

    Also, any improvements are welcomed, regarding this.

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    Re: Anecdote

    Quote Originally Posted by amirdhagopal View Post
    Is the following construction correct, especially the way of merging the sentences with 'that' and mixing the direct and indirect speeches?

    Sitting next to Coolidge, the then president of the U.S., a young newspaperwoman told him that she had a bet with her editor that she would make Mr. Coolidge to speak more than two words to her that evening, for to which Coolidge simply rejoined "You lose".

    Also, any improvements are welcomed, regarding this.
    1) That's very funny!
    2) My amendments are above, in red.

    The mixing of direct and indirect speech is fine, as is the use of the word "that".

    My only other possible amendment would be to change "would" to "could", but it's not vital.

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    Re: Anecdote

    Thanks emsr2d2. As usual, you hit the nail on the head.

    Is there any definite rule on the usage of "for" and "to". I see that "to" is more appropriate here, however, I like to know when "for" and "to" are used, particularly as a conjunction.

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    Re: Anecdote

    Quote Originally Posted by amirdhagopal View Post
    Thanks emsr2d2. As usual, you hit the nail on the head.

    Is there any definite rule on the usage of "for" and "to". I see that "to" is more appropriate here, however, I like to know when "for" and "to" are used, particularly as a conjunction.
    To: suggests a direct connection between point A and point B.

    For: suggests reason, purpose and intent.

    Switching "to" and "for" in those sentences changes the meaning greatly.

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    Re: Anecdote

    Quote Originally Posted by amirdhagopal View Post
    Thanks emsr2d2. As usual, you hit the nail on the head.

    Is there any definite rule on the usage of "for" and "to". I see that "to" is more appropriate here, however, I like to know when "for" and "to" are used, particularly as a conjunction.
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    Last edited by philadelphia; 27-Jul-2010 at 01:09.

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    Re: Anecdote

    Thanks to atchan and Philadelphia for your elucidations.

    @ Philadelphia
    Here, rejoin means answer back and not reconnect.

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    Re: Anecdote

    Quote Originally Posted by amirdhagopal View Post
    Thanks to atchan and Philadelphia for your elucidations.

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    Here, rejoin means answer back and not reconnect.
    You are right. I will take my time next time

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