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    what are the errors in these sentences

    In article of The Glorious Messiness of English by Robert MacNeil, three sentences are mentioned as poor examples of English expression. Could you point out the problem in each sentence and also provide a better way of expressing the same meaning?
    1. sign in a Tokyo hotel: ‘You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid.’
    2. In a Pakistani hotel: ‘Please leave your values at the front desk.’
    3. in a Zurich hotel: ‘Because of the impropriety of entertaining guests of the opposite sex in the bedrooms, it is suggested that the lobby used for this purpose.’

    Thank you very much



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    Re: what are the errors in these sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by chance22 View Post
    In article of The Glorious Messiness of English by Robert MacNeil, three sentences are mentioned as poor examples of English expression. Could you point out the problem in each sentence and also provide a better way of expressing the same meaning?
    1. sign in a Tokyo hotel: ‘You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid.’
    2. In a Pakistani hotel: ‘Please leave your values at the front desk.’
    3. in a Zurich hotel: ‘Because of the impropriety of entertaining guests of the opposite sex in the bedrooms, it is suggested that the lobby used for this purpose.’

    Thank you very much


    What do you think?

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    Re: what are the errors in these sentences

    In my opinion, in the first one: take advantage of is improperly used
    in the second one: values should be replaced by valuables, but is it OK to use the front dest instead of the reception?
    in the third one, I just feel it's strange, and do not know the meaning quite clearly.
    So how can I express these sentences in a proper way?

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    Re: what are the errors in these sentences

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) Thank you for those sentences. They are really funny!

    (2) It is super important that you understand why they are funny.

    (3) As the moderator suggested, why don't you tell us what you think those

    sentences mean. Then the excellent teachers will check your answers.

    I am still laughing at those sentences. Everyone needs to laugh. It's good for

    one's heath. Thanks a lot!

    P.S. Those sentences prove that companies in non-English-speaking countries should hire

    native speakers to check their English-language notices.



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    Re: what are the errors in these sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) Thank you for those sentences. They are really funny!

    (2) It is super important that you understand why they are funny.

    (3) As the moderator suggested, why don't you tell us what you think those

    sentences mean. Then the excellent teachers will check your answers.

    I am still laughing at those sentences. Everyone needs to laugh. It's good for

    one's heath. Thanks a lot!

    P.S. Those sentences prove that companies in non-English-speaking countries should hire

    native speakers to check their English-language notices.

    I have already given my idea here. But I'm not sure about the third sentence

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    Re: what are the errors in these sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by chance22 View Post
    I have already given my idea here. But I'm not sure about the third sentence
    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) I want you to have the best answers possible, so I shall wait with you

    for a teacher to give us the answers. I am not intelligent enough to give you the

    very best answers.

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    Re: what are the errors in these sentences

    Not a teacher.

    Although I’m almost cracking up with laughter at this wonderful sentence (but no, I’ll bite my tongue), may I point out that sentence 3 also contains a grammatical mistake?

    Because of the impropriety of entertaining guests of the opposite sex in the bedrooms, it is suggested that the lobby [be] used for this purpose.


    (The verb was missing in your sample sentence. I think it should be “be”, i.e. the subjunctive mood, because of the verb “suggested”.)

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    Re: what are the errors in these sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by chance22 View Post
    I1. sign in a Tokyo hotel: ‘You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid.’
    The writer intended to suggest that guests make full use of the opportunity of having somebody who will make your bed and clean your room.

    Most people would read it as an (inintended) invitation to make use of the chambermaid unfairly, i.e, sexually. I wouldn't, of course.

    Read it that way, I mean.

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    Re: what are the errors in these sentences

    With the third example, the amusement comes from the use of "entertaining guests in your bedroom". That is generally taken to mean having a romantic/sexual liaison. To suggest that instead of doing this in the bedroom, it should be done in the lobby, in public, is rather funny, don't you think?

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    Re: what are the errors in these sentences

    Thank emsr2d2 and fivejedjon for the explanation. I feel the expression of "entertaining guests of opposite sex" is quite odd and gives rise to an interpretation of sexual liaison. But what did it intend to say? To receive guests of the opposite sex? In addtion, do natives use the expression of "people of the opposite sex"?
    Another question: Is front desk usu usd to refer to reception desk?

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