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    #1

    for it to fall

    Can one say

    a. They put a bucket on the door so that it would fall on my head when I came in.
    b. They put a bucket on the door for it to fall on my head when I came in.
    c. They put a bucket on the door to fall on my head when I came in.
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    #2

    Re: for it to fall

    a. is the best of the three.

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    #3

    Re: for it to fall

    How about 'They put a bucket on the door, which would fall on my head when I came in.'?

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    #4

    Re: for it to fall

    It's unnecessarily wordy.

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    #5

    Re: for it to fall

    Would it be less wordy to say 'They put a bucket on the door before I came in'?

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    #6

    Re: for it to fall

    Yes, it would, Matthew. It wouldn't give the same message, though.

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    Re: for it to fall

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    How about 'They put a bucket on the door, which would fall on my head when I came in.'?

    Not a teacher.
    In that sentence, the door would fall on his/her head.

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    #8

    Re: for it to fall

    Can 'bucket' be the antecedent of 'which' below?
    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'They put a bucket on the door, which would fall on my head when I came in.'

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    #9

    Re: for it to fall

    Logically, yes; grammatically, no.

    On the door they balanced a bucket which would fall on my head when I came in.

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