Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Bassim is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Bosnian
      • Home Country:
      • Bosnia Herzegovina
      • Current Location:
      • Sweden
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    6,948

    Having no practical skills whatsoever

    I am wondering if my sentence makes sense in English. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    Having no practical skills whatsoever, Maria used men more as repairmen to fix broken things in her flat rather than as lovers.

  2. #2
    teechar's Avatar
    teechar is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Iraq
      • Current Location:
      • Iraq
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Posts
    11,453

    Re: Having no practical skills whatsoever

    I'm not sure about that sentence, because it implies that she used them as lovers but used them even more as repairmen.
    Also, the structure you used shouldn't have "rather" in it.
    Finally, consider using, e.g., "partners" to avoid "men" and "repairmen" sitting close to each other.

  3. #3
    Bassim is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Bosnian
      • Home Country:
      • Bosnia Herzegovina
      • Current Location:
      • Sweden
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    6,948

    Re: Having no practical skills whatsoever

    teecher,

    I meant that the sentence should imply exactly as you have mentioned in your post. She used them as lovers but even more as repairmen.

    Would my sentence be correct like this:
    Having no practical skills whatsoever, Maria used her partners more as repairmen to fix broken things in her flat than as lovers.

  4. #4
    teechar's Avatar
    teechar is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Iraq
      • Current Location:
      • Iraq
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Posts
    11,453

    Re: Having no practical skills whatsoever

    I was thinking of an ending such as "... viewed/treated them as lovers".

  5. #5
    Bassim is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Bosnian
      • Home Country:
      • Bosnia Herzegovina
      • Current Location:
      • Sweden
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    6,948

    Re: Having no practical skills whatsoever

    teechar,
    That is exactly what I meant to say from the beginning.
    I will repeat my sentence after your corrections as an exercise, and try to remember it for the future if I ever should write similar sentences.

    Having no practical skills whatsoever, Maria used her partners more as repairmen to fix broken things in her flat than she viewed them as lovers.

  6. #6
    teechar's Avatar
    teechar is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Iraq
      • Current Location:
      • Iraq
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Posts
    11,453

    Re: Having no practical skills whatsoever

    Yes, and you can omit "she" if you like.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •