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    Spur smb/sth (on) to something/to do something

    Hello!

    I would be grateful if you corrected the second and thrid sentences. The first sentence is taken from a book, and in the other two sentence the construction has been slightly changed. Thanks!

    1.The professor spurred on by a bet with a friend, takes on the challenge of changing the flower girl's speech and manners to make her acceptable to upper-class London society.

    2.The professor spurred on by a bet with a friend, to take on the challenge of changing the flower girl's speech and manners to make her acceptable to upper-class London society.

    3.The professor spurred on by a bet with a friend, to the challenge of changing the flower girl's speech and manners to make her acceptable to upper-class London society.

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    Re: Spur smb/sth (on) to something/to do something

    You could use was spurred on and remove the commas in both.

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    Re: Spur smb/sth (on) to something/to do something

    Professor Higgins would insist on a comma after the word "professor" in the quoted sentence.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Spur smb/sth (on) to something/to do something

    "Sentences" 2 and 3 have no main verb.

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    Re: Spur smb/sth (on) to something/to do something

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Professor Higgins would insist on a comma after the word "professor" in the quoted sentence.
    Good point.

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    Re: Spur smb/sth (on) to something/to do something

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    "Sentences" 2 and 3 have no main verb.
    Unless you change spurred into one.

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