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    Smile Is this sentence possible?

    Hello dear experts. I was asked to translate a sentence I can't get the meaning of. Here it is: "I am sparing on you." Can you come up with any idea or is there a mistake in the sentence itself - grammar or spelling"

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    Re: Is this sentence possible?

    Not like that, not with the "on." I am sparing you means that I am not giving you some burden or harming you in some way.

    A common way to use it is "Oh, Anne and Mark - they're getting divorced. There is so much drama involved. I'll spare you the details. Trust me, you don't want to know."

    Or your teenage daughter comes into the kitchen and starts complaining she has nothing to wear. You know she has a closet of clothes. "Oh spare me!" you say.


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    well, if you manage to provide a context for this utterance, it will be much easier to interpret, yet this sentence does not seem grammatical, correct me if I am wrong but verb 'spare" is a transitive one that takes an object and is never followed by a preposition, nevertheless it is very likely that the author's idea in this case was something along the lines of "I am being gentle with you here"


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    You can be sparing with something. "Be sparing with that colored sugar, we've got another two dozen cupcakes to decorate."

    I agree that "I am sparing on you" is incorrect.


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    Re: Is this sentence possible?

    Quote Originally Posted by snade17 View Post
    Hello dear experts. I was asked to translate a sentence I can't get the meaning of. Here it is: "I am sparing on you." Can you come up with any idea or is there a mistake in the sentence itself - grammar or spelling"

    I think there may be an error: I am sparing of you. If so, it's an uncommon usage, but not unknown.

    Do you have more context?

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    Could you, please, say in other words "I am sparing of you".

    Context: In a conversation a person used the sentence (the wrong one) to mean:"I pitty you."


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    Can you give more of the conversation?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Delmobile View Post
    You can be sparing with something. "Be sparing with that colored sugar, we've got another two dozen cupcakes to decorate."

    I agree that "I am sparing on you" is incorrect.
    I don't think 'be sparing with something' is a verb phrase in which 'with' as a preposition is an internal part of this phrase, 'be sparing with something' is 'verb + adjective + with' just as be careful with something


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    Re: Is this sentence possible?

    Yes, the person regulating the colored sugar could simply say, "Be sparing!" I was just trying to join "sparing" with any preposition at all in an attempt to make sense out of "sparing on."


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    Re: Is this sentence possible?

    well, by that rationale 'I am sparing on you' could be a grammatical sentence if we considered 'on' a regular preposition of place so I am sparing on you would literally mean 'I refrain from being harmful while sitting on you' says a bully to his victim while playing master and servant

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