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    #11

    Re: I'm looking for some liquid polish to shine parquet floors with

    We are getting off-topic here - the original question was about the stuff we put a shine on parquet floors with - but to a stone mason polishing can mean making smooth, and some chrome/metal polishes may have a slight abrasive effect.

    However, to most native speakers in normal contexts, polishing involves the products and actions I mentioned in posts #5, #7 and #8.

    As emsr2d2 said, a liquid coating that imparts a gloss is usually a varnish.
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    #12

    Re: I'm looking for some liquid polish to shine parquet floors with

    I guess in Gdansk I could buy Polish polish.

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    #13

    Re: I'm looking for some liquid polish to shine parquet floors with

    1) I'm looking for some liquid polish to shine parquet floors with.

    2) I'm looking for some liquid polish to shine parquet floors.

    Interpretations:

    a) I'm looking for some liquid polish in order to shine parquet floors.

    b) I'm looking for some liquid polish in order to shine parquet floors with it.

    c) I'm looking for some liquid polish that I can shine parquet floors with.

    d) I'm looking for some liquid polish that can shine parquet floors.

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    All four work for both 1 and 2. How about:

    I'm looking for some liquid polish with which to shine parquet floors.
    Q1: You say sentence (1) implies interpretations (a) and (b). Do you not think that the preposition "with" in sentence (1) would require the pronoun "it" (its complement) to imply meaning (a) or (b)?

    Q2: You say sentence (2) implies interpretations (c) and (d). Do you not think that sentence (2) would have to have the preposition "with" (as in sentence (1)) to give meaning (c) or (d)?

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    #14

    Re: I'm looking for some liquid polish to shine parquet floors with

    Charlie Bernstein, the OP seems to be talking to you here: "You say ...". I am not at all sure that's what you said, but that's what the OP thinks.

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