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    apink is offline Newbie
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    I don't know why to eat.

    Hello,

    English speaking peole say this sentence feels strange, but

    'I don't know why to eat that' makes sense though.

    As a non English speaking person, Honestly, I dont feel it

    strange because I understand English sentences by translating them

    into my first language. also, if iI try to translate it into my language

    it makes sense. it makes me really confused,I thnking why do they think it strange?

    Could you please give any understandable accoumts for me?

    Thank you very much

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    Re: I don't know why to eat.

    We simply do not use 'why' in this way.

    I don't know what/where/when/who (if you are a cannibal)/how (if you have suffered a brain injury) to eat are all possible, but I don't know why to eat is not. I don't know why.

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    Re: I don't know why to eat.

    You can say "I don't know why we/people eat" if you're talking about the whole human race, although I find it unlikely that you wouldn't know the answer.
    You can say "I don't know why I eat [so much]" or similar.

    You will find a lot of problems with your understanding and use of English if you try to simply translate verbatim from your native language and vice versa.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I don't know why to eat.

    Quote Originally Posted by apink View Post
    I understand English sentences by translating them
    Languages express things in very different ways, so translating them directly can be very difficult.

    'I don't know why to eat that' makes sense though.
    It does make sense, but that does not mean it is grammatically correct. Most people would understand I go yesterday, but that does not make it right.

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