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    Smile the usage of 'would like sth~'

    ->After my death I would like a former girlfriend notified.

    ->I have written my will, made a list of those to be notified after my death, wrote my obituary and requested in which newspaper I would like it printed.

    Are the two sentences grammatical? I think these sentences must be changed into like “I would like a former girlfriend to be notified” and “in which newspaper I would like it to be printed.” Is my correction grammatically right?
    Anyway, I want to know whether or not the two sentences above are grammatically correct.
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    Re: the usage of 'would like sth~'

    I prefer your second version of the first sentence, though you might want to stipulate which former girlfriend you want to receive the news.

    The second phrase is not a sentence. You may like to complete it.

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    Re: the usage of 'would like sth~'

    Quote Originally Posted by Flyby View Post
    ->After my death I would like a former girlfriend notified.

    ->…requested in which newspaper I would like it printed


    Are the two sentences grammatical? I think these sentences must be changed into like “I would like a former girlfriend to be notified” and “in which newspaper I would like it to be printed.” Is my correction grammatically right?
    Anyway, I want to know whether or not the two sentences above are grammatically correct.
    Both the first sentence and its correction would be acceptable. The second correction however, doesn't quite make sense. Is it a question?

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    Last edited by Calis; 29-Dec-2011 at 18:51.

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    Re: the usage of 'would like sth~'

    [QUOTE=Flyby;837984] I think these sentences must be changed into like “I would like a former girlfriend to be notified” and “in which newspaper I would like it to be printed.” Is my correction grammatically right?


    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) Congratulations! I think that you are 100% correct: For "perfect" English, you should, indeed, write "to be" in those passive sentences.

    (2) But in real life, many native speakers delete (erase) the "to be." It makes the sentence tighter and more forceful.

    (3) Which command do you think is stronger?

    (a) I want it to be done immediately!

    (b) I want it done immediately!

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