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    Infinitive

    Today I learned that "would like" in a sentence requires the infinitive form of a verb (if a verb is used). Why is it acceptable to say "If you would like any questions answered, please email them to us." but not "If you have any questions you would like answered, please email them to us. I'd be grateful if someone would provide an explanation. Thank you.

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    Re: Infinitive

    "If you have any questions you would like answered, please email them to us" is absolutely fine.

    I think the rule you refer to is for sentences like "I would like to go to the cinema", rather than "I would like going/I would like go ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "If you have any questions you would like answered, please email them to us" is absolutely fine.

    I think the rule you refer to is for sentences like "I would like to go to the cinema", rather than "I would like going/I would like go ...".
    Oh I was convinced it was wrong. This was the sentence I questionned this morning:
    If you have any stories you would like posting/posted on the intranet, please email me.

    Thanks for your response. I'm a little confused again though.

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    Re: Infinitive

    You can say:

    If you have any stories you would like posted on the intranet, please email me.


    The stories themselves won't do any posting. Instead, they will be posted by somebody.

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    Re: Infinitive

    "Today I learned that "would like" in a sentence requires the infinitive form of a verb (if a verb is used)."

    You're a native speaker. Do you think the above is correct? Where did you learn it?
    "I would like this letter posted" means "I would like this letter to be posted." That would comply with what you apparently learnt.

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    Re: Infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "Today I learned that "would like" in a sentence requires the infinitive form of a verb (if a verb is used)."

    You're a native speaker. Do you think the above is correct? Where did you learn it?
    "I would like this letter posted" means "I would like this letter to be posted." That would comply with what you apparently learnt.
    I think it's correct. I learned it on another forum. Someone said to write "posted" would be very wrong, and they suggested it should say "to post".

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    Re: Infinitive

    If you meant 'I would like this letter to post', I would doubt that a letter could post itself.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparklesdust View Post
    Someone said to write "posted" would be very wrong, and they suggested it should say "to post".
    That's not correct. I would like this letter posted/to be posted are fine. I would like this letter to post doesn't work with that meaning.

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