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    flowers to attract bees

    1) I plant flowers to attract bees.

    Can't this sentence have three meanings:

    a) I plant flowers in order that they will attract bees.
    b) I plant flowers in order that I will attract bees.
    c) I plant flowers of the kinds that are used to attract bees. I plant bee-attracting flowers.

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    Re: flowers to attract bees

    I see no difference between your a and b. While it's the pollen, not you, you and/or the flowers are attracting the bees.
    c would be "I plant flowers that attract bees."
    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: flowers to attract bees

    I find both the examples with "in order to" unnatural.

    I plant flowers in order to attract bees.
    I plant flowers to attract bees.
    I plant flowers that attract bees.
    I plant bee-friendly flowers.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: flowers to attract bees

    I wasn't thinking you were suggesting them as replacement sentences. If you were, I quite agree with Ems that they are unnatural. I thought you used them only to show meaning.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 14-Feb-2015 at 09:54. Reason: Typo
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    Re: flowers to attract bees

    Thank you both very much.

    They were there to show meaning. But new suggestions don't hurt!

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    Re: flowers to attract bees

    I wasn't giving extra suggestions. I was correcting the grammar in sentences a and b that you gave in your original. I didn't make amendments to c (I should have) because it was the most unnatural of the three. In fact, I think those two sentences should have been marked c) and d) because, put together, they are tautologous.

    c) I plant flowers of the kinds that are used to attract bees. Unnatural. Far too wordy. If anything, it should use "of the kind" not "of the kinds".
    d) I plant bee-attracting flowers. It's OK but "bee-attracting" isn't a commonly hyphenated phrase. We tend to use "bee-friendly".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: flowers to attract bees

    Thank you very much Emsr2d2,

    Sorry about the misunderstanding.

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