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    verbs- do and give

    hi,

    Do verbs do and give fit in this sentence? 'Paul insisted to do 5000 metres run, but his coach would rather give the event to Allen.' Is there any better way to say these words?

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    Re: verbs- do and give

    Quote Originally Posted by sebayanpendam View Post
    hi,

    Do verbs do and give fit in this sentence? 'Paul insisted to do 5000 metres run, but his coach would rather give the event to Allen.' Is there any better way to say these words?

    thanks
    No, those don't really work for me.
    Paul insisted that he wanted to do the 5000-meter race, but
    Paul insisted that he should run the 5000-meter race, but
    Paul insisted that he should be the one to do the 5000-meter race -- best choice, I thnk

    ... but his coach would rather Allen run it.
    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: verbs- do and give

    Quote Originally Posted by sebayanpendam View Post
    hi,

    Do verbs do and give fit in this sentence? 'Paul insisted to do 5000 metres run, but his coach would rather give the event to Allen.' Is there any better way to say these words?

    thanks
    It's fine to use "do" but in the "ing" form "Paul insisted on doing the 5000 metres..."
    "Give" is also OK but like this: "...his coach preferred to give it to Allen".

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