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    #1

    took John to a village to

    Can one say

    a. They took the cow to the temple to sacrifice.
    b. They took the cow to the temple to sacrifice it.

    c. They took John to a village to kill.
    d. They took John to a village to kill him.
    ('HIM being John)
    ?

    Does (c) mean
    1. they wanted to kill John
    or does it mean
    2. they wanted John to kill other people.
    ?


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    Re: took John to a village to

    (a) and (c) are not correct because 'sacrifice' and 'kill' are transitive verbs which need objects.
    Or you could say: 'to be sacrificed' or 'to be killed'.

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    #3

    Re: took John to a village to

    a) is correct.
    The reason you shouldn't do that with c. is that killing John is not as readily apprehendable as sacrificing a cow, and because it's ambiguous, as you say.

    They have objects, ted. In "I bought some food to eat", the object of 'eat' is 'food'. It's not natural English to say, "I bought some food to eat it." unless you needed to contrast some other use for food, or you needed to make clear that you didn't intend the food to eat something else - the point make by the OP.
    Last edited by Raymott; 13-Mar-2015 at 09:58.

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    #4

    Re: took John to a village to

    I would choose B and D.

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