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    never to let me have a sense of

    Dear teachers,


    She went out of her way never to let me have a sense of color-superiority.
    Is “never” here used incorrectly? Or is "to" used incorrectly?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: never to let me have a sense of

    No. No.

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    Why do you think they're used incorrectly, jiang?

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    Re: never to let me have a sense of

    Hi birdeen's call,

    She went out of her way never to let me have a sense of color-superiority.

    I thought it should be: She went out of her way and did not let me have a sense of color-superiority.

    Jiang




    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Why do you think they're used incorrectly, jiang?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Hi birdeen's call,

    She went out of her way never to let me have a sense of color-superiority.

    I thought it should be: She went out of her way and did not let me have a sense of color-superiority.

    Jiang


    This wouldn't be incorrect, jiang, but it wouldn't be very natural either. I think the problem might be that you don't understand the idiom "go out of one's way to do something". You can find an explanation with examples .

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    Re: never to let me have a sense of

    I think that 'she went out of her way to never let me...' sounds more natural than 'she went out of her way never to let me'. It makes sense either way though.

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    I've just noticed that I failed to provide a link. Sorry. Here it is: go out of way - Idioms - by the Free Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    Re: never to let me have a sense of

    I think it's very much personal preference. I'm for '...never to let me ...'.

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    Re: never to let me have a sense of

    Hi birdeen's call,

    I learned the phrase "to out of one's way to do something" long ago. The problem is with "never" here. I know we can say "to out of one's way (not) to do something" but I don't know "never" can replace "not".

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    This wouldn't be incorrect, jiang, but it wouldn't be very natural either. I think the problem might be that you don't understand the idiom "go out of one's way to do something". You can find an explanation with examples .

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I think it's very much personal preference. I'm for '...never to let me ...'.
    I'm a never-to-letter too.

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