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    #1

    all possible variations on the verb "clamor"

    Hello everybody!

    I would like you to tell me whether or not there is something wrong with the following sentences that use various forms of the verb "clamor".

    1. My cat clamored to be stroked on the back = My cat demanded to be stroked on the back.
    2. My cat clamored for attention = My cat called for attention.
    3. My cat clamored that he is/was not stroked frequently enough = My cat complained about not being stroked frequently enough.
    4. My cat clamored for me to stroke him more often = My cat insisted on me stroking him more often.
    5. My cat clamored that I should stroke him more often.


    Coild you tell me what you think of the above sentences. This is no homework. All I want is to know how the verb "clamor" should be used.

    I realise that the last two sentences may be completely wrong.

    Thank you.
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    #2

    Re: all possible variations on the verb "clamor"

    Cats don't clamour. None of your examples is good.

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    #3

    Re: all possible variations on the verb "clamor"

    Could you give your examples?


    1. My stepsister clamored to be given a hug = My stepsister demanded to be given a hug.
    2. My stepsister clamored for attention = My stepsister called for attention.
    3. My stepsister clamored that she is/was not given a hug frequently enough = My stepsister complained about not being given a hug frequently enough.
    4. My stepsister clamored for me to give her a hug more often = My stepsister insisted on me giving her a hug more often.
    5. My stepsister clamored that I should give her a hug more often.


    The assumption is that we are both little children who like each other a lot. These are just examples.
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    #4

    Re: all possible variations on the verb "clamor"

    I wouldn't say you can't use 'clamor' with cats, but if you do then it needs to be an obvious attempt at personification.

    In that context, I would be okay with #2 in your first group of examples. The others are unnatural, even in view of personification.
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    Re: all possible variations on the verb "clamor"

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    Could you give your examples?


    1. My stepsister clamored to be given a hug = My stepsister demanded to be given a hug.
    2. My stepsister clamored for attention = My stepsister called for attention.
    3. My stepsister clamored that she is/was not given a hug frequently enough = My stepsister complained about not being given a hug frequently enough.
    4. My stepsister clamored for me to give her a hug more often = My stepsister insisted on me giving her a hug more often.
    5. My stepsister clamored that I should give her a hug more often.


    The assumption is that we are both little children who like each other a lot. These are just examples.

    Again only #2 sounds natural to me.

    You could change #1 to " My stepsister clamored for a hug."
    You could also say something like "My stepsister clamored for more frequent hugs" in lieu of #4-5.
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    Re: all possible variations on the verb "clamor"

    I would like to ask whether structures like "to clamor for somebody to do something" and "to clamor that somebody (should) do something" exist at all in English or maybe they are unacceptable or rare.

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    #7

    Re: all possible variations on the verb "clamor"

    Here are 300 examples of sentences with 'clamored': http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=clamored&l=0
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 22-Jul-2016 at 12:26.

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    Re: all possible variations on the verb "clamor"

    ...and if you want 'all possible variations' of the verb you'll need to search 'clamor', as well as the BE versions ending -our/oured.

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