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    Clearly inappropriate parents

    Dear Teachers

    I am confused with the phrase "who are clearly and embarrassingly inappropriate come in for ridicule" in the following sentence. Does it simply mean: Even though parents know clearly that they will be criticized, many of them believe that a bit more parenting can turn out children with great talents and assured futures?

    While parents who are clearly and embarrassingly inappropriate come in for ridicule, many of us find ourselves drawn to the idea that with just a bit more parental elbow grease, we might turn out children with great talents and assured futures. Is there really anything wrong with a kind of “overparenting lite”?

    Please teach me how to use this "who are clearly and embarrassingly inappropriate"? Seems odd to describe people? Usually inappropriate behaivour, innit?

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    Re: Clearly inappropriate parents

    People laugh at the obviously bad parents, but many parents believe that if they pushed their roles a bit more, they could turn their children into great talents.

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    Re: Clearly inappropriate parents

    Thanks Tdol. Your sentence is very straight-forward, punchy and comprehensive. Do you think the the orginal sentence I posted sounds a bit clumpsy or it is actually some witty writing style? Anthony the learner.

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    Re: Clearly inappropriate parents

    People write with different styles. I found the original conversational and easy to read. Tdol's is how I would write at work. The original is how I might write for a feature story in a magazine. Sometimes the sole purpose is to convey meaning. Sometimes the purose is to entertain. Sometimes you want to mix some information into a light-hearted style.
    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: Clearly inappropriate parents

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    People write with different styles. I found the original conversational and easy to read. Tdol's is how I would write at work. The original is how I might write for a feature story in a magazine. Sometimes the sole purpose is to convey meaning. Sometimes the purose is to entertain. Sometimes you want to mix some information into a light-hearted style.
    Dear Barb, can you tell me why the writer use "embarrassingly inappropriate" to describe the parents? I thought only "inappropriate behavior", please kindly explain the usage, because I want to learn from you.

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    Re: Clearly inappropriate parents

    Their behavior is so inappropriate (for example, screaming at teachers who give their children a deserved failing grade) that it's embarrassing for other parents to think that anyone else might think that all parents are like them. Such parents are an embarrassment to all parents.
    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: Clearly inappropriate parents

    Quote Originally Posted by patran View Post
    Do you think the the orginal sentence I posted sounds a bit clumpsy or it is actually some witty writing style?
    I rather liked the original sentence- it's the sort of writing that could make a magazine article, for instance, an enjoyable read.

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    Re: Clearly inappropriate parents

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Their behavior is so inappropriate (for example, screaming at teachers who give their children a deserved failing grade) that it's embarrassing for other parents to think that anyone else might think that all parents are like them. Such parents are an embarrassment to all parents.
    So "behavior" is kind of hidden in the sentence.... right?

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    Re: Clearly inappropriate parents

    You have to infer what about them is inappropriate, yes. It could be their dress or their language, in theory, but since the article is about parenting, you have to assume that it's about how they act as parents.
    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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