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    This table is not a good place for walking on/for a cat to walk on

    Hello all members!

    Our cat has a habit of jumping onto the table and walking on it from time to time.

    I know how to express someone's displeasure at walking on the table. This table is not a good place for walking on = it is not good/right to walk on the table = this table has not been made / is not used for walking on.

    Is it right for me to say "This table is not a good place for walking on"?

    Suppose we are talking about a cat on the table.

    Is it possible for me to say "This table is not a good place for a cat to walk on" meaning "It is inadvisable for a cat to walk on the table".

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: This table is not a good place for walking on/for a cat to walk on

    They're all rather formal. How about "Cats shouldn't be allowed on tables". It's not a case of a table not being a good location for the cat. I'm sure the cat is quite happy with it. I imagine it is you who objects to the cat being on the table.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: This table is not a good place for walking on/for a cat to walk on

    Not only that, but I doubt the cat will take much notice however you express it.

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    Re: This table is not a good place for walking on/for a cat to walk on

    You may be right about that, Ray. When I say "What are you doing on the table?" to mine, they rarely respond.
    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: This table is not a good place for walking on/for a cat to walk on

    If one owns cats one needs to get used to cats being on tables. Otherwise, get an elephant.

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    Re: This table is not a good place for walking on/for a cat to walk on

    Once you accept that dog hair or cat hair is simply a condiment to your meals, your life gets easier.
    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: This table is not a good place for walking on/for a cat to walk on

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    If one owns cats one needs to get used to cats being on tables. Otherwise, get an elephant.
    Is it OK for cats to walk on elephants?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: This table is not a good place for walking on/for a cat to walk on

    With the elephant's permission, it is fine. My cats often walked on my Labrador Retriever.

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