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    #1

    I meant nothing but to compel you to come.

    #1 I meant nothing but to compel you to come.

    #2 I meant nothing but compel you to come.

    #3 I meant nothing less than compelling you to come.

    #4 I meant nothing less than to compel you to come.

    Which version is correct?

    *PS: I forgot to mention #4 sentence in my original post. #4 sentence is given as a question and I have to found correct version (if #4 is not correct).
    Last edited by taruns1008; 11-Oct-2015 at 06:48.

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    #2

    Re: I meant nothing but to compel you to come.

    I consider #1 correct, but I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: I meant nothing but to compel you to come.

    I don't find any of them natural.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    #4

    Re: I meant nothing but to compel you to come.

    Is it natural to say 'I just meant to compel you to come'?

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    #5

    Re: I meant nothing but to compel you to come.

    They sound like they might be found in a centuries-old text. None of them sounds natural in current English.

    I didn't mean to do anything other/more than to make you come.
    My intention was simply to make you come.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: I meant nothing but to compel you to come.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Mona: Why did you call me 10 times yesterday to remind me about today's party? You really upset me.

    You: I apologize, Mona. But I just wanted to make sure that you would come.

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    #7

    Re: I meant nothing but to compel you to come.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post


    Mona: Why did you call me 10 times yesterday to remind me about today's party? You really upset me.

    You: I apologize, Mona. But I just wanted to make sure that you would come.
    Actually I found these sentences in a Book for error correction. So I have to stick to these sentences and found if there is any error.

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    #8

    Re: I meant nothing but to compel you to come.

    I think 'but to compel' and 'less than to compel' are grammatical, but I am not a teacher.

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    #9

    Re: I meant nothing but to compel you to come.

    Quote Originally Posted by taruns1008 View Post
    So I have to stick to these sentences and found if there is any error.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Taruns:

    I am not nitpicking. (Criticizing little, unimportant mistakes.)

    But I notice that you have done it twice, so I thought that you would like me to respectfully remind you of something.


    That sentence should be: "So I have to stick to these sentences and find if there are any errors."

    I believe that "find" (not "found") is correct because the whole sentence is:

    "I have to stick to these sentences and (to) find if there are any errors." (As you can guess, native speakers often do delete the "to" in front of "find.")

    I thought that you would like me to bring this matter to your attention.

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    #10

    Re: I meant nothing but to compel you to come.

    Why do the native speakers always delete the "to" in front of "find"?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 11-Oct-2015 at 12:25. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote.

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