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  1. keannu's Avatar
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    Miss Medwick was sure to make her go

    When Katy opened the door, there stood her piano teacher. Katy felt worried, for ① she hadn't practiced in days and Miss Medwick was sure to make her go over those dull scales again and again. Katy quietly sat down at the piano. She played the first song with no trouble at all. She played all ② her scales perfectly. Miss Medwick was so surprised she had Katy open the piano book further along and play a brand-new song. Katy played every note perfectly. Louise came downstairs ...

    What is the subject of this sentence? The writer? or general judgement?
    Miss Medwick was sure to make her go = I(the writer) am sure that Miss Medwick would make her go...

    By the same token, who is the subject for this?
    He is sure to come = I am sure that he will come?



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    Re: Miss Medwick was sure to make her go

    Number 1 says that the teacher is going to make Katy practice ("go over") her scales repeatedly.

    You understand he is sure to come correctly.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Miss Medwick was sure to make her go

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    What is the subject of this sentence? The writer? or general judgement?
    Miss Medwick was sure to make her go = I(the writer) am sure that Miss Medwick would make her go...

    By the same token, who is the subject for this?
    He is sure to come = I am sure that he will come?
    The grammatical subject of the verb BE is Miss Medwick in the first sentence and He in the second.

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    #4

    Re: Miss Medwick was sure to make her go

    Go over = review.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #5

    Re: Miss Medwick was sure to make her go

    GS's suggestion of 'practise*' seems more likely to me.

    *BrE spelling,

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    #6

    Re: Miss Medwick was sure to make her go

    I am sorry I think I made a wrong question.
    I was curious who was sure.

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    #7

    Re: Miss Medwick was sure to make her go

    Katy was sure.

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