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    blow my bike horn at a pedestrian to get them to walk off the path

    Hello everybody!

    Suppose that you are biking on a bicycle path and all of a sudden there emerges a fat lady who refuses to walk away from the path onto the pavement.

    However hard you try to blow your horn at her, she is still standing there, unwilling to move.

    As for her reluctance to move, I would like to say that "I would rather end up breaking my horn than get her to get off the path".

    Maybe there should be another sentence that says not so much about my unwillingness to break my horn as about the final result.

    I will first end up breaking my horn rather than getting her to get off the path or I will first end up breaking my horn instead of getting her to get off the path.
    What is your opinion on that?

    Thank you.

    The final meaning is that no matter how hard I try to persuade the lady to get off the path, it is all in vain.

    My final attempt: I asked the lady to get off the bike path untl I was blue in the face, but she refused to walk on to the pavement.

    Could you consider all three bolded sentences and express your opinion?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: blow my bike horn at a pedestrian to get them to walk off the path

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    a fat lady
    How about a thin lady, or a fat man, or a stout teenager, or two fat ladies (oops that's a popular TV program)?
    Could you not simply have said "someone" instead?

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    #3

    Re: blow my bike horn at a pedestrian to get them to walk off the path

    How about just cycling round her?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: blow my bike horn at a pedestrian to get them to walk off the path

    You are right. I can put 'someone' in place of 'a fat lady', but what do you think of my bolded sentences; do they make sense to you?
    Besides, such a person runs the risk of being knocked over by another cyclist.
    Last edited by JACEK1; 14-Aug-2016 at 07:47.

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    #5

    Re: blow my bike horn at a pedestrian to get them to walk off the path

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post

    1. I will first end up breaking my horn rather than getting her to get off the path.
    2. I will first end up breaking my horn instead of getting her to get off the path.
    3. I asked the lady to get off the bike path until I was blue in the face, but she refused to walk on to the pavement.
    None of your sentences is natural. I don't know why you used "first" in 1 and 2. "Breaking my horn" is not natural. Also, "rather than" doesn't go with "I will". We use "I would rather ... than ...".

    In 3, the first part is OK (although I would probably say something like "I beeped/honked my horn at the lady" but the second part would be better with "move onto".

    I would probably say something like "I honked my horn repeatedly to get the lady to move/step off the cycle path but she didn't move!"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: blow my bike horn at a pedestrian to get them to walk off the path

    Is it possible to say "I honked my horn at the lady to move/step off the cycle path but she didn't move!" or "I honked my horn for the lady to move/step off the cycle path but she didn't move!"

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    #7

    Re: blow my bike horn at a pedestrian to get them to walk off the path

    Both of those are good.

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    #8

    Re: blow my bike horn at a pedestrian to get them to walk off the path

    I know that we have a bike path here in Charlotte that both cyclists and pedestrians use. (Watch out for snakes!)

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    #9

    Re: blow my bike horn at a pedestrian to get them to walk off the path

    The lady would not budge from the cycle path no matter how much I honked at her.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 15-Aug-2016 at 08:58. Reason: Changing 'no' to 'how'.
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