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    #1

    drawn to sympathize with ...?

    Hello, teachers!

    I've found the following, but I can't find any similar example to it. Is the following a common usage?

    1. In this story by Leo Tolstory we find ourselves mysteriously drawn to sympathize with the poor victim of drunken mockery.

    I've found a lot of examples "nouns" after "drawn to," but not any "verbs" there.

    Should #1 be rewritten as "... mysteriously drawn to our sympathy with ..." or something like that?


    Thanks in advance for your help on this.

    yam.

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    Re: drawen to sympathize with ...?

    No, "drawn to sympathise with" is fine. I don't understand why that should be mysterious, though. I would have thought that it would be natural to sympathise with someone in that situation. Where did you find that sentence?
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    “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.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    #3

    Re: drawen to sympathize with ...?

    I found the sentence in an English textbook. The passage including the sentence is as follows:

    In this story by Leo Tolstoy we find ourselves mysteriously drawn to sympathize with the poor victim of drunken mockery. With him we feel the terror of accepting an carrying out the challenge. The golden rule of the Bible rings in our ears: "Do to others as you would have others do to you."

    That's it.

    yam.

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    Re: drawen to sympathize with ...?

    Please provide the name of the author and the title of the English textbook.
    “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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    #5

    Re: drawen to sympathize with ...?

    In "drawn to sympathize with", "to sympathize" is an infinitive, not a verb.

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    #6

    Re: drawen to sympathize with ...?

    The infinitive is generally recognised as a verb form.

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    #7

    Re: drawen to sympathize with ...?

    The operative word there is "form". I'm just trying to keep the terminology straight.

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    #8

    Re: drawn to sympathize with ...?

    Quote Originally Posted by yamyam View Post
    Should #1 be rewritten as "... mysteriously drawn to our sympathy with ..." or something like that?
    There's no need to rewrite it, but this way would be wrong. You could say that our sympathy is drawn to the poor victim....

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    Re: drawen to sympathize with ...?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In "drawn to sympathize with", "to sympathize" is an infinitive, not a verb.
    It is an infinitive, but I think that saying it is not a verb could be confusing to a learner.

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    #10

    Re: drawen to sympathize with ...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I think that saying it is not a verb could be confusing to a learner.
    I agree, but suggest that if any of us wish to discuss this, we start a thread in the Linguistics forum, or yamyam's question will sink without trace.

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