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    #1

    Red face using of "to"

    Some English sentences have 2 meanings and I wonder how to avoid them?

    I teach you this lesson you to earn so much money ( who will earn, I or you ? )

    I give you this information to kill her ?
    (The intent of killing belong to who , I or you ? But at the and , the girl will die , does it make any sense? )

    We have sales staff enough to serve our customers (to serve is intent of we, or duty of sales staff, How can we know?)


    Especially I want to know which meaning comes in to your mind first when you read these sentences. And are these sentences true grammatically in terms of its meanings ?

    Thanks a lot

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    #2

    Re: using of "to"

    Let's start with the last one first. Say:

    Are these sentences grammatically correct?

    OR

    Can you understand these sentences?

    (Not necessarily the same thing.)

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    #3

    Re: using of "to"

    It is true that some sentences are ambiguous, but context will usually help you discover the meaning.

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    #4

    Re: using of "to"

    It's hard for me to make sense out of the first sentence. Perhaps:

    I am teaching you this so you can make money.

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    #5

    Re: using of "to"

    Second sentence. Say:

    I am giving you this information so you can kill her.

    (Somebody is hiring somebody to kill somebody.)

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    #6

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    Third sentence. Say:

    We have enough sales staff to serve our customers.

    Surely you know what the purpose of a sales staff is.

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    Re: using of "to"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Second sentence. Say:

    I am giving you this information so you can kill her.

    (Somebody is hiring somebody to kill somebody.)
    Thanks for answering :)

    I have come across (for someone to do something ) constructions to overcome these problems.But most of native speaker told me that these sentences dosen't sound good to me but not grammatically, in terms of its meanings. I wonder your thoughts.

    I am giving you this information for you to kill her.
    I am giving you this information for Angelina to be killed.

    I am teaching you math for you to earn so much money.

    We have enough sales staff for our customers to served.

    Would you suggest using (so that , in order that etc.) in stead of constructions with "for"?

    Thank you again :)
    Last edited by mehmetsaln; 24-Feb-2016 at 21:35.

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    #8

    Re: using of "to"

    Mehmet, English sentences must be ended with a suitable punctuation mark.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #9

    Re: using of "to"

    I am having trouble understanding your sentences. I suggest that you use shorter, simpler sentences.

    Perhaps:

    Most native speakers tell me that my sentences are not natural and are hard to understand.

    It is best to take one question at a time. (It avoids confusion.)

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    #10

    Re: using of "to"

    Perhaps:

    I am teaching you math so you can make money teaching math.

    Do you like that one? (I sure do.)

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