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    ...we need to save enough money so that we can go on pilgrimage...

    Our Reverend told that we need to save enough money so that we can go on pilgrimage to the Head Temple.

    The above sentence is from a Buddhist magazine.

    1) Is 'enough' necessary?
    2) Should 'can' be replaced by 'are able to"?
    2) Should 'need to' be replaced by 'needed to'?

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    Re: ...we need to save enough money so that we can go on pilgrimage...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Our Reverend told us that we need to save enough money so that we can to go on a/the pilgrimage to the Head Temple.

    The above sentence is from a Buddhist magazine.

    1) Is 'enough' necessary?
    As I have shown above, "enough" doesn't really work with "so that we can".
    2) Should 'can' be replaced by 'are able to"?
    No.
    3) Should 'need to' be replaced by 'needed to'?
    It depends. If you haven't saved enough money yet, you can use "need to". However, standard backshifting in reported speech would result in "needed to" anyway.

    Thanks.
    See above. I suspect the original sentence was not written by a native English speaker.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: ...we need to save enough money so that we can go on pilgrimage...

    Thanks, emsr2d2.

    You're correct. The sentence was written by a Japanese.

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    Re: ...we need to save enough money so that we can go on pilgrimage...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Thanks, emsr2d2.

    You're correct. The sentence was written by a Japanese person/man/woman.
    See above. We don't tend to use "a Japanese" as a noun. It does work for some nationalities (an American, a Brit, a Swede etc).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: ...we need to save enough money so that we can go on pilgrimage...

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    See above. We don't tend to use "a Japanese" as a noun. It does work for some nationalities (an American, a Brit, a Swede etc).
    Thanks, that's interesting.

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