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    #1

    He isn't that kind of man to laugh at

    What is the difference between the following sentences?

    1) He isn't that kind of man to laugh at.
    2) He isn't that kind of man to be laughed at.

    I have a strong feeling that the first one is grammatically correct and more common. I'm not even sure whether sentence 2 is correct.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    #2

    Re: He isn't that kind of man to laugh at

    I don't like either of them. In fact, I'm not sure I even know what they're supposed to mean.

    He is not the kind of man you can laugh at.
    He is not a man to be laughed at.


    Is that what you mean? Using "the kind of" doesn't go with the "to be laughed at" version.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: He isn't that kind of man to laugh at

    Yes, it's supposed to mean that you can laugh at him. How should I say it then?
    Last edited by Boris Tatarenko; 18-Sep-2016 at 12:28. Reason: I mean can't!
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    Re: He isn't that kind of man to laugh at

    Sorry, Boris, but that seems to contradict your original sentence.

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    Re: He isn't that kind of man to laugh at

    Whoops! How careless I'm when I'm ill.

    It's supposed to mean "you can't laugh at him"
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    Re: He isn't that kind of man to laugh at

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Whoops! How careless I'm when I'm ill.

    It's supposed to mean "you can't laugh at him"
    Post #2 answers your question.

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    Re: He isn't that kind of man to laugh at

    Can you explain to me what "he is not a man to laugh at" means then?
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    Re: He isn't that kind of man to laugh at

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    How careless I'm I am when I'm ill.
    We don't contract 'I am' there, Boris.

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    #9

    Re: He isn't that kind of man to laugh at

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Can you explain to me what "he is not a man to laugh at" means then?
    In a broad sense, it is a warning that if you laugh at him (fail to take him seriously), there will be (unpleasant) consequences. Probably, but not necessarily, coming from him.

    There are other variations, but a context would be needed.

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