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    "too hard to catch" or "too hard to catch it"?

    Hello, teachers!

    Would you take a look at the following?

    1. Tom hit the ball too hard to catch.

    2. Tom hit the ball too hard for anyone to catch.

    3. Tom hit the ball too hard for anyone to catch it.


    Which of the sentences above is correct?
    If all of them are correct, which of them is more common?


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    #2

    Re: "too hard to catch" or "too hard to catch it"?

    They are all correct. I've no idea which is most common, but I prefer #2.

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    #3

    Re: "too hard to catch" or "too hard to catch it"?

    I also prefer #2, but I wouldn't accept #1. It makes it sound as if it were a property of the ball. What would a ball too hard to catch be?

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    #4

    Re: "too hard to catch" or "too hard to catch it"?

    I think that #1 would be OK in informal usage- I could imagine using it in speech. I too prefer #2.

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    #5

    Re: "too hard to catch" or "too hard to catch it"?

    How does 1 differ from these?

    "Tom made the coffee too hot to drink."
    "Tom found the pig too greasy to catch."

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    #6

    Re: "too hard to catch" or "too hard to catch it"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    How does 1 differ from these?

    "Tom made the coffee too hot to drink."
    "Tom found the pig too greasy to catch."
    In #1, the 'hard' is an adverb.
    In your sentences, 'hot' and 'greasy' are adjectives.
    Who drinks the coffee, and who catches the pig?

    (As for the OP's sentences, I do not like the 'it' in #3. It sounds wrong to me. I'd use #2 as well.)

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    #7

    Re: "too hard to catch" or "too hard to catch it"?

    Yes, that's the right answer.

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