Results 1 to 8 of 8
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Polish
      • Home Country:
      • Poland
      • Current Location:
      • Poland

    • Join Date: Feb 2013
    • Posts: 1,509
    #1

    The purpose of the manual is to see to it that you avoid / for you to avoid

    Hello everybody!

    Suppose that I have an instruction manual that helps me to properly use a device at home.

    At the beginning of the preface, the manual says: The purpose of the manual is to see to it that you avoid having to constantly getting it repaired.

    I think that the same idea as in the bolded sentence could be expressed as follows:

    The purpose of the manual is for you to avoid having to constantly getting it repaired?

    What do you think? Is such structure acceptable to you at all and used in English?

    Thank you.

  1. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #2

    Re: The purpose of the manual is to see to it that you avoid / for you to avoid

    Both are incorrect. Do you see the problem?

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Polish
      • Home Country:
      • Poland
      • Current Location:
      • Poland

    • Join Date: Feb 2013
    • Posts: 1,509
    #3

    Re: The purpose of the manual is to see to it that you avoid / for you to avoid

    The thing is that I have never seen "the purpose of ....... Is for X to be" used on the Internet and in my opiniom this structure simply is not popular with English-speaking people. What is wrong with them? I hope they are at least undestandable. Could you put me right?
    Last edited by JACEK1; 20-Jun-2015 at 20:35.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Polish
      • Home Country:
      • Poland
      • Current Location:
      • Poland

    • Join Date: Feb 2013
    • Posts: 1,509
    #4

    Re: The purpose of the manual is to see to it that you avoid / for you to avoid

    Should I say "This instruction manuał has been prepared/is intended to help the user avoid having to getting it constantly repaired"?

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

    • Join Date: Apr 2014
    • Posts: 3,335
    #5

    Re: The purpose of the manual is to see to it that you avoid / for you to avoid

    This instruction manuał has been prepared/is intended to help the user avoid having to getting it(the manual?) constantly repaired.


    Do you mean the manual contains tips to help users with simple trouble-shooting so that they would not have to send the device back to the manufacturer for repair?
    Last edited by tedmc; 21-Jun-2015 at 03:18.
    I am not a teacher.

  2. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #6

    Re: The purpose of the manual is to see to it that you avoid / for you to avoid

    Ted got it. "Getting" was the problem.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Polish
      • Home Country:
      • Poland
      • Current Location:
      • Poland

    • Join Date: Feb 2013
    • Posts: 1,509
    #7

    Re: The purpose of the manual is to see to it that you avoid / for you to avoid

    You are right. I did not notice this typo. Do you mean to say it is possible for me to use "both "The purpose of the manual is to see to it that you avoid having to constantly get it repaired" and "The purpose of the manual is for you to avoid having to constantly get it repaired"? Please answer me. I need to know.

  3. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #8

    Re: The purpose of the manual is to see to it that you avoid / for you to avoid

    Yes, with "get", both work for me.

Similar Threads

  1. [Grammar] Avoid doing something / avoid to do something
    By Soup Chicken in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 07-Apr-2014, 12:06
  2. avoid to do
    By Will17 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-Dec-2012, 17:44
  3. avoid
    By Tdol in forum Intermediate
    Replies: 34
    Last Post: 17-Nov-2012, 13:46
  4. [Grammar] to avoid
    By dilodi83 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 13-Sep-2010, 20:21
  5. How to avoid ambiguity
    By nyggus in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 17-Jun-2006, 17:04

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
  •