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    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.

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    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.

    Q: Of a), b), c) and d), what are the possible interpretations of sentence 1) and sentence 2)?

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

    All four work for both 1 and 2. How about:

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

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

    It is called a glossy coating (commonly polyurethane), not a liquid polish. It doesn't really polish the parquet floor. It is just a glossy coating. To polish wood surface (to make it smooth), you need to smoothen it physically using sandpaper or a mechanical polisher/grinder.
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    Re: I'm looking for some liquid polish to shine parquet floors with

    Quote Originally Posted by NAL123 View Post
    1) I'm looking for some liquid polish to shine parquet floors with.

    Fine.

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

    Fine.

    Interpretations:

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

    Fine.

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

    Bad.

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

    Bad.

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

    Fine.

    Q: Of a), b), c) and d), what are the possible interpretations of sentence 1) and sentence 2)?
    They all mean the same thing. They mean you want a liquid polish for parquet floors.
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    Re: I'm looking for some liquid polish to shine parquet floors with

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    It is called a glossy coating (commonly polyurethane), not a liquid polish. It doesn't really polish the parquet floor. It is just a glossy coating. To polish wood surface (to make it smooth), you need to smoothen it physically using sandpaper or a mechanical polisher/grinder.
    Actually, ted, it is called liquid polish, and we do use it to polish wood surfaces.
    Last edited by Piscean; 30-Oct-2020 at 07:20.
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    Re: I'm looking for some liquid polish to shine parquet floors with

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Actually, red, it is called liquid polish, and we do use it to polish wood surfaces.
    Polishing is an abrasive action on a surface to smoothen it. How does a liquid do that? A liquid merely changes the appearance of a surface by covering it to give it a glossy look.
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    Re: I'm looking for some liquid polish to shine parquet floors with

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    ? A liquid merely changes the appearance of a surface by covering it to give it a glossy look.

    If you polish something, you put polish on it or rub it with a cloth to make it shine.

    Each morning he shaved, and polished his shoes. [VERB noun]
    He removed his glasses and began polishing them with his handkerchief. [VERB noun]

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

    Wax and furniture polishes are usually waxy pastes or creamy liquids; aerosol furniture polishes have become popular in recent years. The last thing we want for a gleaming surface is anything abrasive.
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    Re: I'm looking for some liquid polish to shine parquet floors with

    I'd simplify the original to "I need some parquet floor [liquid] polish".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    It is called a glossy coating (commonly polyurethane), not a liquid polish. It doesn't really polish the parquet floor. It is just a glossy coating. To polish wood surface (to make it smooth), you need to smoothen it physically using sandpaper or a mechanical polisher/grinder.
    You've completely misunderstood, ted. Polishing has nothing to do with making things smooth. Polishing items of furniture etc is a standard household chore, along with hoovering and cleaning. As a child, if I wanted to earn some extra pocket money, I would offer to polish the dining table, the kitchen table, all the wooden chairs, the coffee tables and then my dad's collection of small silver spoons. None of them involved sandpaper or anything similar. All I needed for the furniture was an aerosol can of Pledge furniture polish and a duster. For my dad's silver spoon collection, it was Duraglit and a special cloth. If we'd had a wooden floor, I'd have just needed the wooden floor equivalent of that can of Pledge and a (bigger) duster.

    What you've described sounds more like a type of varnish.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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