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    #1

    what's wrong with ...

    Are these sentences correct:

    1-What's wrong with me that the job should not be given to me?

    2-What's wrong with me for the job not to be given to me?

    3-Is there something wrong with me that the job should not be given to me?
    4-Is there something wrong with me for the job not be given to me?

    5-What is wrong with me not to get the job?
    6-Is there something wrong with me not to get the job?



    I am not even sure they make sense in English.
    Someone has not been given a job and is complaining about it. He is asking a rhetorical question: Why wasn't I given the job? Is there anything wrong with me?

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    Last edited by navi tasan; 19-Oct-2013 at 00:43.

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    Re: what's wrong with ...

    All the sentences are syntactically correct. But none of them is very natural. The thing is this: they all depend upon a tacit premise, namely that there must be something wrong with me, given the fact that I didn't get the job. The fact that a person did not get a particular job does not imply that there is anything wrong with that person.

    A simple and logical alternative would be to ask: "why didn't I get the job?" or "why didn't they give me the job? or "why did they prefer so-and-so?" No blame is assigned to anyone, but reasons are sought.

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