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    #1

    a tank was borrowed for the Owner to pour some oil into

    Hello everybody!

    Today I made up this sentence "a tank was borrowed for the Owner to pour some oil into" in order to express this meaning "a tank was borrowed in order that the Owner could pour oil into it". By it, I mean the tank, of course.

    Do you agree with me?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: a tank was borrowed for the Owner to pour some oil into

    Yes, that part is clear.

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    #3

    Re: a tank was borrowed for the Owner to pour some oil into

    There's no reason to capitalise 'owner'.

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    #4

    Re: a tank was borrowed for the Owner to pour some oil into

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    There's no reason to capitalise 'owner'.
    I am thinking that "Owner" is capitalized because it is referring to a specific party in a contract, or something similar.

    Otherwise, the text doesn't make a lot of sense if the "Qwner" is the owner of the tank.

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    #5

    Re: a tank was borrowed for the Owner to pour some oil into

    But the OP made up the sentence.

    Who is the owner, JACEK? What did he own?

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    #6

    Re: a tank was borrowed for the Owner to pour some oil into

    I find the entire sentence horribly awkward. Who borrowed it? Are you deliberately trying to avoid saying that?

    Is "pouring the oil into it" the real point? Was it to store the oil? Transport the oil? Deal with an overflow issue?

    No one says "I feel that I must pour some oil into a tank today. Find me a tank so I can do that!" but this sentence sounds like the entire point was the pouring. I'm sure that isn't so.
    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: a tank was borrowed for the Owner to pour some oil into

    The Owner of a ship.

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    #8

    Re: a tank was borrowed for the Owner to pour some oil into

    Why do you think 'owner' should be capitalised?

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    #9

    Re: a tank was borrowed for the Owner to pour some oil into

    I don't know it, either. It was just this sentence. I work for the company that repairs and rebuilds ships. Their owners may have various wishes.
    I was wrong to capitalise the owner.
    Besides, we deal with German speaking people who do capitalise nouns and have their ships repaired at our company.

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    Re: a tank was borrowed for the Owner to pour some oil into

    It just doesn't make sense.
    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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