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    grammaticality

    i am wondering if the below two sentences have the same meaning. if not,pls let me know the reason why in detail with grammar explanation.

    human's ability to play soccer is not inherent but acquired.
    human's ability is not inherent to play soccer but acquired.

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    Re: grammaticality

    The first would work better for me, but it needs a capital letter at the start and I would say Human beings'.

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    Re: grammaticality

    Hello clairesun, and welcome to the forum.

    Quote Originally Posted by clairesun View Post
    I am wondering if the below two sentences below have the same meaning. if not, please let me know the reason why in detail with and explain the grammar. explanation.

    human's ability to play soccer is not inherent but acquired.
    human's ability is not inherent to play soccer but acquired.
    Neither sentence works.

    1- A sentence must start with a capital letter.
    2- As a noun, "human" is countable, so you would need "a" before it in those sentences.
    3- Although "humans'" is possible, it's more natural in such sentences to use "people's".
    4- "Inherent" is not normally followed by a to-infinitive.

    Now, can you try again?

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    Re: grammaticality

    I was speaking in general. Even outside the scope of those sentences, "inherent" is not usually followed by a to-infinitive.

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    Re: grammaticality

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It's 'ability' that is followed by a to-infinitive in those sentences.
    Yes, that's a good one to learn.

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    Re: grammaticality

    I wouldn't bother with "Human beings'" or "People's" at the start. As far as I'm aware, it's common knowledge that humans are the only species to play football so I would just start with "The ability to play soccer ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: grammaticality

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    You haven't seen my pet sabre-toothed slugs dribbling, passing and scoring with the gobstopper I gave them to play semi-pro matches on the pitch I marked out for them on my patio. My A-team players even understand the offside rules.
    Will you ask them to explain them to me? I'll be happy to Skype with them.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: grammaticality

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    humans are the only species to play football".
    Crows like a game too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPSJazwnzWE

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    Re: grammaticality

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Do you speak Sluggian? My B-team goalkeeper speaks a little Basque, but the rest of the squad are monolingual, I'm afraid
    I only know the escargot.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: grammaticality

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    As do a number of other animals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-m39h6bIOzE
    I particularly liked the spider, which seemed to be working out the rules.

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