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    Question "The difference between two sentences "

    Hi,

    What is the difference between two sentences below?

    1) I really hate being told what to do.

    2) I'd hate to be told what to do.

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    Re: "The difference between two sentences "

    The second sentence doesn't really sound natural. A more natural version of it would be "I'd hate it if someone tells me what to do."

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    Re: "The difference between two sentences "

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    The second sentence doesn't really sound natural. A more natural version of it would be "I'd hate it if someone tells me what to do."
    I'm sorry, but it sounds natural to me.

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    Re: "The difference between two sentences "

    Quote Originally Posted by Radman View Post
    Hi,

    What is the difference between two sentences below?

    1) I really hate being told what to do.

    2) I'd hate to be told what to do.

    Thanks.
    1. says something about what you generally hate. Whenever someone tells you what to do, you really hate it.
    2. is expressed in the conditional. "I would hate ...", that is, if it happened. It's talking about the future. In 2. there is no implication that it's ever happened, whereas in 1, it's obvious that it has happened before, and you know you hate it.
    Compare, "I [always] really hate it when sharks bite my leg off" with "I would really hate it if a shark bit my leg off [I hope it never happens]."

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    Re: "The difference between two sentences "

    Thanks.

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    Re: "The difference between two sentences "

    Radman, please make your titles applicable to the question you're asking.
    Titles like "Grammatically Correct?" or "The difference between two sentences" don't tell us what you're asking.

    This could have been "I hate versus I would hate," for example.
    Also, there is no need for the quote marks in the actual title.
    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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    Re: "The difference between two sentences "

    Your appreciation is welcome, Radman, but there is no need to write a new post to say thank you. Simply click the Like button on any posts you find helpful. It means that we don't have to open the thread again to read your new post and then find that it doesn't include any new information or an additional question.





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    Re: "The difference between two sentences "

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    The second sentence doesn't really sound natural. A more natural version of it would be "I'd hate it if someone tells me what to do."
    Please state that you are not a teacher, LeTyan, in accordance with the posting guidelines.

    Additionally, please wait for a teacher or native speaker to answer first.

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