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    You ever tried to hug your kitty .......

    Hello everybody!

    I would like to ask you what the following sentence might mean:

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    You ever tried to hug your kitty just for it to run away from your loving arms?

    Does it mean "(Have) You ever tried to hug your kitty when it (the kitty, of course) suddenly ran away from your loving arms?

    Even though there is "for it to run ..." structure, which might suggest a purpose sentence, the whole sentence from beginning to end would not make sense.

    The sentence occurs 5.29 minutes into the film entitled "13 Ways to Show Cats Love In Their Language" and is on Youtube.

    The source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYLguFC0dnc

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    #2

    Re: You ever tried to hug your kitty .......

    Yes. The word "Have" is omitted but implied at the start. We do this a lot in spoken English. We don't always omit just one word.


    Been to Spain?

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    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: You ever tried to hug your kitty .......

    Cats are like that.
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    Re: You ever tried to hug your kitty .......

    I don't think just/only for for is the same as when. It describes an unexpected outcome- you want the kitten to respond positively to the cuddle, not regard it as some kind of threat.

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    Re: You ever tried to hug your kitty .......

    Tdol, it's not that they regard you as a threat. They're just not not in the mood for a cuddle. In fact, they're just as likely to want to use your lap for a place to nap just when you're ready to get up.
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    Re: You ever tried to hug your kitty .......

    for it to run away is synonymous with causing it to run away.

    The sense here is that your attempt to cuddle the kitty is what causes it to flee.

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    Re: You ever tried to hug your kitty .......

    Not a teacher. Just passing by with a question.
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    Would "You ever tried to hug your cat only to see it run away from your loving arms?" work too?

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    Re: You ever tried to hug your kitty .......

    Quote Originally Posted by Glizdka View Post
    Not a teacher. Just passing by with a question.
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    Would "You ever tried to hug your cat only to see it run away from your loving arms?" work too?
    Yes.

    You can also say: ... only for it to run away ...

    In fact, the original construction works better with only.
    Last edited by jutfrank; 17-Feb-2020 at 15:46.

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    Re: You ever tried to hug your kitty .......

    Could you provide a few more sentenses using the structure "just/only for noun/pronoun to infinitive"?

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    Re: You ever tried to hug your kitty .......

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    Could you provide a few more sentenses using the structure "just/only for noun/pronoun to infinitive"?
    I suggest you don't use just in this construction. It's not incorrect to do so, but only is better.

    While we're thinking of some nice examples, why don't you have a go? Remember to include the idea that the result is seen as disappointing, and that it means that the attempt at whatever it was you were trying to do was ultimately unsuccessful.

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