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    not a child to...

    Are these sentences correct:

    1-Jane is your wife. She is not your child for you to tell her what to do.

    2-Jane is your wife. She is not a child for you to tell her what to do.

    3-Jane is your wife. She is not your child to be told by you what to do.

    4-Jane is your wife. She is not a child to be told by you what to do.


    5-Jane is your wife. She is not a child to be told what to do.



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    Re: not a child to...

    Jane is your wife rather than your child, you should not tell her what to do.

    I am just a humble learner rather than a qualified teacher.
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 06-Dec-2013 at 16:51.

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    #3

    Re: not a child to...

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Are these sentences correct:
    1-Jane is your wife. She is not your child for you to tell her what to do.
    2-Jane is your wife. She is not a child for you to tell her what to do.
    3-Jane is your wife. She is not your child to be told by you what to do.
    4-Jane is your wife. She is not a child to be told by you what to do.

    5-Jane is your wife. She is not a child to be told what to do.
    Hello,
    No.
    Not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: not a child to...

    We are not really sure what you really want to say.

    If you want to say that "Jane" is not an inexperienced person, then try this one:
    Jane is your wife, she is not a child that you tell what to do.


    If you want to say that "Jane" is not your salve to take orders from you, then try this one:
    Jane is your wife, she is not your slave to take orders.

    Not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: not a child to...

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Are these sentences correct:

    1-Jane is your wife. She is not your child for you to tell her what to do. Okay.

    2-Jane is your wife. She is not a child for you to tell her what to do. Okay. No real difference in "your child" or "a child" in this context.

    3-Jane is your wife. She is not your child to be told by you what to do. The "told by you" is awkward and unnatural.

    4-Jane is your wife. She is not a child to be told by you what to do. The "told by you" is awkward and unnatural.

    5-Jane is your wife. She is not a child to be told what to do. Okay, but not as good as your unwritten #6.
    6. Jane is your wife. She is not your child to be told what what to do. Less wordy and using "your child" makes it completely clear that you are the one who should not be telling her what to do. #5 could be be used to rebuke you for, say, letting other tell her what to do.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #6

    Re: not a child to...

    ***NOT A TEACHER***

    Matthew Wai:

    Please note this from Posting Guideline:
    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language. If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly at the top of your post.

    alex_genius_20:

    It would be better to wait for several hours (about 8-10 hours) before posting your response. Most learners who come here want to receive the answers from teachers/native speakers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly at the top of your post.
    Please read my above post again. Is it okay now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    alex_genius_20:

    It would be better to wait for several hours (about 8-10 hours) before posting your response. Most learners who come here want to receive the answers from teachers/native speakers.
    anhnha, are you a moderator?
    I will do it if a moderator says it to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alex_genius_20 View Post
    anhnha, are you a moderator?
    I will do it if a moderator says it to me.
    No matter whether anhnha is a moderator, what s/he said is reasonable, and we should be amenable to reason.

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    #10

    Re: not a child to...

    I don't want to say that I am better than any one. But sometimes, nonnative English speakers give better answers than native English speakers. The way he advises may upset others posts (unless he is a moderator). It did mine.

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