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    expect something (to be) enjoyable

    Suppose you are going to meet in person with a long-time penfriend and expect the encounter to be enjoyable and exciting, can you write this:

    I expect something (to be) enjoyable.

    I know without the (to be) the sentence is perfectly correct and sounds natural. Does the sentence also sound natural with it?

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    Re: expect something (to be) enjoyable

    I don't find either "I expect something enjoyable" or "I expect something to be enjoyable" natural. If you are talking to the penfriend or to another person, you would say something like "I'm really looking forward to it. I expect it will be very enjoyable".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: expect something (to be) enjoyable

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't find either "I expect something enjoyable" or "I expect something to be enjoyable" natural. If you are talking to the penfriend or to another person, you would say something like "I'm really looking forward to it. I expect it will be very enjoyable".

    emsr2d2,If you expect something to be enjoyable, and it turns out boring, you can say dismissively, 'That's no fun!'------ Does 'expect something to be enjoyable' sound natural to you in this particular context? By the way, that's a British national's words.

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    Re: expect something (to be) enjoyable

    Quote Originally Posted by LiuJing View Post
    emsr2d2,If you expect something to be enjoyable, and it turns out boring, you can say dismissively, 'That's no fun!'------ Does 'expect something to be enjoyable' sound natural to you in this particular context? By the way, that's a British national's words.
    As you used it in your opening sentence, it's fine. "Something" refers to an unspecified thing.

    If something turned out not to be enjoyable, I would say "That was no fun!" or something similar. However, before the event, I would not say, for example "I'm going bowling on Saturday. I expect something to be enjoyable". I would say "I'm going bowling on Saturday. I expect it's going to be really enjoyable".

    I can't put the word "something" into what you seem to be trying to say.
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    Re: expect something (to be) enjoyable

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    As you used it in your opening sentence, it's fine. "Something" refers to an unspecified thing.

    If something turned out not to be enjoyable, I would say "That was no fun!" or something similar. However, before the event, I would not say, for example "I'm going bowling on Saturday. I expect something to be enjoyable". I would say "I'm going bowling on Saturday. I expect it's going to be really enjoyable".

    I can't put the word "something" into what you seem to be trying to say.
    In my quoted sentence, is that ok to drop 'to be' ?


    If you expect something (to be) enjoyable, and it turns out boring, you can say dismissively, 'That's no fun!'

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    Re: expect something (to be) enjoyable

    Quote Originally Posted by LiuJing View Post
    In my quoted sentence, is that ok to drop 'to be' ?


    If you expect something (to be) enjoyable, and it turns out boring, you can say dismissively, 'That's no fun!'
    I find "If you expect something enjoyable and it turns out boring ..." rather unnatural.

    If you expect something to be enjoyable and it turns out to be boring ...
    If you expect something enjoyable and you get something boring ...
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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