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    Smile make on you patience?

    Hello, how to understand the sentence"One more trespass I must make on your patience. I shall trespass on your hospitility."?
    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: make on you patience?

    Welcome to the forums.

    I'm afraid I don't understand that first sentence at all. Is it written exactly as you read it? Was it written by a native speaker?

    The second sentences sounds like the writer means that he will stay with the other person, and is trying to be polite about it by saying he knows it's a huge imposition but I don't find it very natural. Maybe others will have a better interpretation.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 27-Dec-2011 at 01:53.
    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: make on you patience?

    Quote Originally Posted by zoucang View Post
    Hello, how to understand the sentence"One more trespass I must make on your patience. I shall trespass on your hospitality."?
    Thanks a lot.
    It's an unusual word order, but it means "I must make one more trespass on your patience", which is a very odd way to say "I must test your patience once again". (IMO)

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    Re: make on you patience?

    A Google search indicates that it is an example of Chinese-coursebook English. We have had more examples here.

    I am no expert on Chinese coursebooks but, as no one has said anything about it, I will tell you my feeling, zoucang. I feel that Chinese coursebooks tend to have very unnatural English utterances in them. Yours, for example, you will not hear in a million years. I wouldn't call it incorrect. It may be a quotation from a native speaker of some older variety of English. But it is very odd for a present-day English user.

    I am reading the probable source of this text now. There are more odd-looking phrases there.

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    Re: make on you patience?

    What you said is ture. you know, sometimes, I do not think that some exercise on our text book make any sense. But I have to do it. Thanks, after all.

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    Re: make on you patience?

    Okay, this native speaker would have been completely confused by this "textbook" sentence. I really had no idea what it was supposed to mean.
    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: make on you patience?

    Yes, the sentence appears on the slide my teacher gave us. I will check again to see whether there are any spell mistakes. Thanks a lot.

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    Re: make on you patience?

    Thanks. It is a sentence appear on the slide our teacher gave us. That is ok,and i will skip it.

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    Re: make on you patience?

    I'm not saying it's wrong. After reading the other posts, I agree with the others. However, it's a bizarre, unnatural, and useless sentence. There would never be any reason to say this.
    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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