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    Sense subject

    Please compare the two sentences.

    1) It is good for you to eat an apple a day.
    2) It is good for our health to eat an apple a day.

    In sentece 1), 'you' is the sense subject for the infinitive ( 'to eat').
    Who eats an apple a day? 'You' do!

    In sentence 2), however, is 'our health' the subject for 'to eat'? If so,
    'our health' eats an apple a day !?

    Charlie


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    Re: Sense subject

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie View Post
    Please compare the two sentences.
    1) It is good for you to eat an apple a day.
    2) It is good for our health to eat an apple a day.
    In sentence 1), 'you' is the sense subject for the infinitive ( 'to eat').
    Who eats an apple a day? 'You' do!

    Hi Charlie. This 'you' is the generic 'you' meaning all people. It's good for all people to ... .

    In sentence 2), however, is 'our health' the subject for 'to eat'? If so,
    'our health' eats an apple a day !?


    'our health' means the health of the generic 'you'; all people.

    It is good for our [everyone's/all peoples'] health to eat an apple a day.


    Charlie
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    Last edited by riverkid; 29-Jan-2007 at 00:14.


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    Re: Sense subject

    Thanks, Riverkid.
    I understand that 'you' in sentence 1) is generic and not referring to a particular person. What I'm confused is that sentence 1) can be paraphrased as All people eat an apple a day, which is good. However, sentence 2) cannot be repharased as (All people's) Health eat an apple a day, which is good. How can this be?


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    Re: Sense subject

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie View Post
    Thanks, Riverkid.
    I understand that 'you' in sentence 1) is generic and not referring to a particular person. What I'm confused is that sentence 1) can be paraphrased as All people eat an apple a day, which is good. However, sentence 2) cannot be repharased as (All people's) Health eat an apple a day, which is good. How can this be?
    Hey Charlie,

    The 'for our health' in sentence 2,

    2) It is good for our health to eat an apple a day.

    means the same thing as " for us", as in,

    2a) It is good for us to eat an apple a day.

    We could add 'for us' to the whole thing, as in,

    2b) It is good for our health [for us] to eat an apple a day.

    but it isn't necessary.

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