1. ## the salad is yours to

Can one use:
1-The salad is yours to make.

It is up to you to make the salad.

Can one use:
2-The kitchen is yours to clean.
It is up to you to clean the kitchen.

The problem with '1' is that the salad does not even yet exist. I am not sure that '1' works at all.

I think '2' might be used, although I am not sure this is a good way to express the idea of obligation.

Gratefully,
Navi.

2. ## Re: the salad is yours to

Originally Posted by navi tasan
Can one use:
1-The salad is yours to make.

It is up to you to make the salad.

Can one use:
2-The kitchen is yours to clean.
It is up to you to clean the kitchen.

The problem with '1' is that the salad does not even yet exist. I am not sure that '1' works at all. It doesn't exist yet in your "instead of" either. Your #'s 1 & 2 are not natural ways of expressing the statement.

I think '2' might be used, although I am not sure this is a good way to express the idea of obligation.

Gratefully,
Navi.
b.

3. ## Re: the salad is yours to

Originally Posted by navi tasan
Can one use:
1-The salad is yours to make.

It is up to you to make the salad.

Can one use:
2-The kitchen is yours to clean.
It is up to you to clean the kitchen.

The problem with '1' is that the salad does not even yet exist. I am not sure that '1' works at all.

I think '2' might be used, although I am not sure this is a good way to express the idea of obligation.

Gratefully,
Navi.
Both work for me. In the first, "to make" deals with the problem of the salad not currently existing.

4. ## Re: the salad is yours to

Hi Billmcd, What does really B mean? I often have seen here it used. Does it mean BEST or BOTH?

5. ## Re: the salad is yours to

I think "b" is the first letter in his nickname.

N.

6. ## Re: the salad is yours to

Originally Posted by UM Chakma
Hi Billmcd, What does really B mean? I often have seen here it used. Does it mean BEST or BOTH?
You cannot post a message if the only thing you have written is inside the quote. So, when we correct a quote we must also type at least one character outside the quote.

7. ## Re: the salad is yours to

I don't find either one to be remotely natural.

8. ## Re: the salad is yours to

Originally Posted by Nicklexoxo
I think "b" is the first letter in his nickname.

N.
You're right. We can't leave the message part completely blank. We must type at least one character so billmcd chooses to type a "b" because it is his first initial. You will notice that bhaisahab write "bhai" sometimes. If the response to a query is held inside the quote box, we have to write something outside it so some people choose to type their username or an abbreviation of it. In my case, when my response is typed inside the quote box, I type "See above".

9. ## Re: the salad is yours to

Originally Posted by bhaisahab
I don't find either one to be remotely natural.
I agree with bhai.

This structure is used like this:

'I am sending you a sample CD of my new album, hoping you will review it for your magazine. Should you choose not to do so, the CD is yours to keep anyway.'

'Here's a cheque for £50. It's yours to buy whatever you want.'

10. ## Re: the salad is yours to

Originally Posted by Rover_KE
I agree with bhai.

This structure is used like this:

'I am sending you a sample CD of my new album, hoping you will review it for your magazine. Should you choose not to do so, the CD is yours to keep anyway.'

'Here's a cheque for £50. It's yours to buy whatever you want.'
Consider an upset wife telling her husband: I have already cooked the roast, made the potatoes, and set the table. The salad is yours to make.

Works for me.

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