Page 1 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 58
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: May 2008
    • Posts: 468
    #1

    Which version is better?

    Dear teachers,

    The following are 6 versions of the first sentence of the body of an email recommending a website to someone. Which one or ones do you native speakers of English think is or are the way(s) you native speakers of English express the idea?

    1. I found a website very useful to us English majors and would like to recommend it to you.

    2. I have found a website which is very useful to us English majors and would like to recommend it to you.

    3. I have found a website which is very useful to us English majors and I would like to recommend it to you.

    4. Yesterday evening I logged on to a website which I found very useful to us English majors and I would like to recommend it to you.

    5. Yesterday evening I logged on to a website which I found very useful to us English majors and which I would like to recommend to you.

    6. Yesterday evening I logged on to a website which I found very useful to us English majors and I would like to recommend to you.

    I personally like 3 and 4 better than the others, but I find it so hard to explain my reason for this preference. I am especially confused about whether we should use one or two which's in 5 and 6 if we have "I found very useful to us English majors" and "I would like to recommend to you" as two parallel relative clauses both modifying "a website". Would you please tell me which one or ones is or are the way(s) you native speakers express the idea? Besides, I beg you to also point out what is wrong with the other versions you do not use in this situation.

    Thanks a lot.
    Last edited by ohmyrichard; 22-Apr-2015 at 19:48.

  1. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,875
    #2

    Re: Which version is better?

    1 is incorrect.
    The others are OK though you need to add a comma after "Yesterday evening" in 4, 5 and 6.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: May 2008
    • Posts: 468
    #3

    Re: Which version is better?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    1 is incorrect.
    The others are OK though you need to add a comma after "Yesterday evening" in 4, 5 and 6.
    Thank you for replying to my question, emsr2d2.

    Then would you please do me a fovour and tell me what's wrong with 1 and why 5, which has two which's, and 6, which has omitted one which, are both correct? Is it possible that if there is another sentence preceding 1 and in it there is already a mention of the website to be recommended to the receiver of the letter and we change 1 to "I found the website very useful to us English majors and would like to recommend it to you.", then this slightly changed version will also be right? In other words, my understanding of what's wrong with 1 is that the intentions of the writer of expressing the two ideas of "find a website" and "find the website useful to someone" converge on one place of the sentence but actually they should be expressed separately.

    Looking forward to your answer.
    Last edited by ohmyrichard; 22-Apr-2015 at 21:11.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation

    • Join Date: Dec 2011
    • Posts: 176
    #4

    Re: Which version is better?

    Shouldn't commas be also put just before and after "English majors" in each of the sentences?
    I have found a website which is very useful to us, English majors, and would like to recommend it to you.

  2. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,626
    #5

    Re: Which version is better?

    Quote Originally Posted by Weaver67 View Post
    Shouldn't commas be also put just before and after "English majors" in each of the sentences?
    I have found a website which is very useful to us, English majors, and would like to recommend it to you.
    No.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation

    • Join Date: Dec 2011
    • Posts: 176
    #6

    Re: Which version is better?

    I would like to try and express my opinion as to why the first sentence might be incorrect.
    As far as I am concerned, when one says I find/found something (to be) very useful, he conveys one's opinion about the thing, but it is important that he/she should be more or less specific about the thing. In "I found a website very useful and would like to recommend it" this small word "a" (which is a determiner), so to say, spoils everything, since it doesn't give us any chance to determine what site in particular is very useful and recommended.

    Not a teacher.
    Last edited by Weaver67; 22-Apr-2015 at 21:03.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: May 2008
    • Posts: 468
    #7

    Re: Which version is better?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No.
    Thanks, bhaisahab. Please do me another favour and take a look at post#3. Thanks a lot.

  3. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,626
    #8

    Re: Which version is better?

    I think #1 would be OK with a comma after "majors". I agree with emsr2d2 about 4, 5 and 6.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation

    • Join Date: Dec 2011
    • Posts: 176
    #9

    Re: Which version is better?

    Is that comma the only thing that made #1 not OK?

    Incidentally, #2 seems to lack a comma after "majors".
    Last edited by Weaver67; 23-Apr-2015 at 14:46.

  4. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,092
    #10

    Re: Which version is better?

    1. is awkward, but it's not incorrect, in my opinion.

Page 1 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 ... LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Which version is better
    By JACEK1 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 27-May-2014, 13:18
  2. Which version is better?
    By motico in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 21-Oct-2011, 20:54
  3. Can I say so ? version II
    By Passer-by again in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 23-Mar-2010, 07:51

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •