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    #1

    nobody to

    Hi,

    Let's assume that I am a teacher who warms the students in the classroom like that:

    1. I don't want anybody to speak in the classroom without permission.
    2. I want nobody to speak in the classroom without permission.
    3. I want nobody not to speak in the classroom without permission.

    I think we can utter properly number 1, but I would like to ask whether we can use number 2 and 3 instead of the 1?

    Thanks.

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    Re: nobody to

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post

    Let's assume that I am a teacher who warns the students in the classroom like this:

    1. I don't want anybody to speak in the classroom without permission.
    2. I want nobody to speak in the classroom without permission. Possible but unnatural.
    3. I want nobody not to speak in the classroom without permission.


    Rover

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    #3

    Re: nobody to

    #1 is fine but I would prefer the word order to be "I don't want anybody in the classroom to speak without permission".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: nobody to

    I find all of the suggestions unnatural.

    I'd say something like, "If you have something to say, please raise your hand / put your hand up."
    Last edited by 5jj; 07-Sep-2012 at 19:15. Reason: typos

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