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    #1

    the man to repair the TV

    Are these sentences correct:

    1) The man to drive us to the ceremony called and said that he had been attacked by thugs and was in the hospital.

    2) A group of thugs attacked the man to drive us to the ceremony.



    The second one seems confusing. It sounds as if the thugs attacked the man so that they could drive us to the ceremony. But logically it should work. 'The man to drive us to the ceremony' is a unit.

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    #2

    Re: the man to repair the TV

    It would be more natural to say

    'The man who was supposed to drive us to the ceremony...' In both cases.

    When is he going to repair the TV?
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    Re: the man to repair the TV

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Are these sentences correct:

    1) The man to drive us to the ceremony called and said that he had been attacked by thugs and was in the hospital.

    2) A group of thugs attacked the man to drive us to the ceremony.



    The second one seems confusing. It sounds as if the thugs attacked the man so that they could drive us to the ceremony. But logically it should work. 'The man to drive us to the ceremony' is a unit.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    1 is okay.
    2 sounds likes they attacked him in order to drive you to the airport. Better would be: A group of thugs attacked the man who was supposed to drive us to the airport.

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    Re: the man to repair the TV

    Now I'm not sure what the TV or the airport have got to do with anything.

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    Re: the man to repair the TV

    Quote Originally Posted by Riseeikaiwa View Post
    1 is okay.
    2 sounds likes like they attacked him in order to drive you to the airport. Better would be: A group of thugs attacked the man who was supposed to drive us to the airport.
    Really, Riseeikaiwa? Do you find "The man to drive us to the ceremony ..." in sentence #1 natural?

    Where did the airport idea come from?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: the man to repair the TV

    Thank you all very much.

    I changed the body of the message when writing it, but forgot to change the title.

    Ceremonies usually take place in airports.

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    I've been through lots of airports many times without witnessing anything that could remotely be described as a ceremony.

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    #8

    Re: the man to repair the TV

    I consider going through security checks a ceremony! It is very much like a ritual. And it is one of the few rituals that really serve a purpose.
    You can look at it from a symbolic viewpoint too. They make sure that you are 'pure' and then they let you go to the heavens.

    Respectfully,
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    #9

    Re: the man to repair the TV

    It's a lovely analogy and maybe I'll think of it the next time I'm in a never-ending security queue, squishing tiny bottles of liquid into a too-small bag, removing my coat, my belt, my shoes, my phone, and still making the machine bleep because I've forgotten the penny in my jeans pocket.

    However, to be clear to other learners, going through security does not come under the umbrella of "ceremony".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: the man to repair the TV

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Really, Riseeikaiwa? Do you find "The man to drive us to the ceremony ..." in sentence #1 natural?

    Where did the airport idea come from?
    Oh dear... so sorry, posted that late last night after a long day.
    I have no idea where airport came from, I guess my tired brain just replaced ceremony with airport for some strange reason.
    Although it doesn't affect the sentence structure, it's just a place name.

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