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    remember or switch off

    "Don't forget to switch off the light."

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    "Remember to switch off the light."

    Would the first sentence sound foreign?
    Last edited by ostap77; 02-Apr-2011 at 19:12.

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    Re: remember or switch off

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "Don't forget to switch off the light."

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    "Remember to switch off the light."

    Would the first sentence sound foreign?
    Both are fine.

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    Re: remember or switch off

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    Both are fine.
    I've been told that a native-speaker wouldn't structure his sentence like the first one and that it would be a bit slavic?
    (according to a Ukrainian teacher)

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    #4

    Re: remember or switch off

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I've been told that a native-speaker wouldn't structure his sentence like the first one and that it would be a bit slavic?
    (according to a Ukrainian teacher)
    Your teacher is overthinking it. Just because the Ukrainian sentence has a similar structure, it doesn't make the English sentence wrong.

    BTW I would say "turn off" but "switch off" means exactly the same; not sure if this is a British-American difference

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    #5

    Re: remember or switch off

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I've been told that a native-speaker wouldn't structure his sentence like the first one and that it would be a bit slavic?
    (according to a Ukrainian teacher)
    I agree with freezeframe in all of the above.
    I wonder if the Ukrainian teacher thought that the first one sounded Slavic because you didn't use a definite article before "light."

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    Re: remember or switch off

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    I agree with freezeframe in all of the above.
    I wonder if the Ukrainian teacher thought that the first one sounded Slavic because you didn't use a definite article before "light."
    It was with the definite article. I left it out while I was typing the post.

    She meant the "don't....." thing.

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