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    At the banquet, Michael

    I am wondering if my sentences are grammatically correct. Is it correct to use "be on tenterhooks to dig into " in my sentence."?

    At the banquet, Michael couldn't care less what the speaker said in his rambling speech. He was on tenterhooks to dig into the delicious food in front of him, which smells made him salivate like a dog.

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    Re: At the banquet, Michael

    No. You can be on tenterhooks in general, but the expression doesn't combine with to.
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    Re: At the banquet, Michael

    Could I write:

    He was aching to dig into the delicious food in front of him...

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    Re: At the banquet, Michael

    "Which smells" means it stinks. It's true that some dogs drool at the site of food but it's not a common expression for humans.

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    Re: At the banquet, Michael

    You could say "all he wanted to do was dig..." to create a contrast with the previous sentence.

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    Re: At the banquet, Michael

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Could I write:

    He was aching to dig into the delicious food in front of him...
    Yes. He's aching to dig into food whose delicious aroma made him salivate.
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    Re: At the banquet, Michael

    Or "... the smell of which was making him salivate like a dog". Using "the smell" in BrE doesn't necessarily suggest a bad smell. It just means "the aroma/fragrance".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: At the banquet, Michael

    "The smell" is much better than the original but "like a dog" still sounds crude.

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    Re: At the banquet, Michael

    It might sound crude but the idea of someone salivating (I might even use "drooling") like a dog is very evocative!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: At the banquet, Michael

    Don't you eat with five senses, Robert?

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