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    #1

    without a man to repair the engine

    Are these sentences correct:

    1) We can't drive up there without a man to repair the engine if it stops running properly.

    2) We can't drive up there without someone to repair the engine if it stops running properly.


    3) He says he can keep on living without a woman to love him.

    4) He says he can keep on living without someone to love him.


    I tend to use 'a man who can repair the engine' and 'a woman who loves him', but I think the sentences are all correct and natural. Quite often, the infinitve makes me have doubts.

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    Navi



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    #2

    Re: without a man to repair the engine

    They're all grammatical. Why would he exclude female mechanics though? Maybe one of them will turn out to be a woman who loves him.
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    Re: without a man to repair the engine

    Thank you very much, GoesStation,

    You are quite right. I thought I should put 'a person' instead of 'a man', but thought that would sound strange. One would say 'someone', right? But that was already my second example.

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    #4

    Re: without a man to repair the engine

    "Person" wouldn't sound strange, but I'd be more likely to say "someone".
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