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    #1

    afford my son to

    Are these sentences correct:

    1-I can't afford my son to go to a private university.

    Meaning: I don't have enough money to send my son to a private university.

    2-I can't afford a lawyer to take care of my divorce papers.
    Meaning: I don't have enough money to hire a lawyer to take care of my divorce papers.


    I think they work.

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    Re: afford my son to

    I am not a teacher.

    I don't like 1. I would prefer, 'I can't afford to send my son to a private university' or, 'I can't afford for my son to go to a private university'.

    2. is OK

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    Re: afford my son to

    Thank you very much Roman55,

    Would you say there is a grammatical difference between the two sentences or do they seem to have the same structure?

    Maybe:
    a lawyer to take care of my divorce papers.

    is a single noun phrase.

    Or maybe I am the one who is taking care of my divorce papers by using the lawyer?

    Gratefully,
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    #4

    Re: afford my son to

    There is a difference in the two sentences. You are paying the lawyer; you are not paying your son.

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    Re: afford my son to

    Thank you very much Mike!

    Now it seems sort of obvious!!!!

    It was a good thing I asked! I was totally confused and did not know it.

    Respectfully,
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