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    wash off or be washed off

    What is right?
    The paint might wash off if you didn't wait long enough.
    The paint might be washed off if you didn't wait long enough.
    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: wash off or be washed off

    Quote Originally Posted by ndexter View Post
    What is right?
    The paint might wash off if you didn't wait long enough.
    The paint might be washed off if you didn't wait long enough.
    Thank you.
    Neither one is really correct.
    "The paint might wash off if you don't wait long enough".
    or
    "The paint might be washed off if you don't wait long enough".
    or
    "The paint might have been washed off if you didn't wait long enough".
    Can you see the difference?

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    #3

    Re: wash off or be washed off

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Neither one is really correct.
    "The paint might wash off if you don't wait long enough".
    or
    "The paint might be washed off if you don't wait long enough".
    or
    "The paint might have been washed off if you didn't wait long enough".
    Can you see the difference?


    Actually I think that "The paint might be washed off if you didn't wait long enough." could be absolutely fine depending on the context. Imagine this:

    "I didn't leave very long between coats and it's not drying very fast, and it's about to rain - do you think there will be a problem?"

    "The paint might be washed off if you didn't wait long enough."

    OK, it's quite a specific context, but we can't really write the sentence off as totally incorrect.


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    Re: wash off or be washed off

    Quote Originally Posted by Tullia View Post
    Actually I think that "The paint might be washed off if you didn't wait long enough." could be absolutely fine depending on the context. Imagine this:

    "I didn't leave very long between coats and it's not drying very fast, and it's about to rain - do you think there will be a problem?"

    "The paint might be washed off if you didn't wait long enough."

    OK, it's quite a specific context, but we can't really write the sentence off as totally incorrect.
    Bravo!
    You saved me.
    Thank you.

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    #5

    Re: wash off or be washed off

    Quote Originally Posted by ndexter View Post
    Bravo!
    You saved me.
    Thank you.
    Learning should be more important than just saving face.


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    Re: wash off or be washed off

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    Learning should be more important than just saving face.
    Of course you are absolutely right.
    I was just joking.

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