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    Question to-infinitive & wear


    I just wonder if it is possible to say,
    'Women could not wear pants to go to formal places.'
    or I can only say,
    'Women could not wear to formal places.'
    or both of them are correct with little difference of meaning.

    and if the first is correct, it can also be possible to say
    'They could not wear them to work in a bank or as a teacher.'

    Please make a correction for me if they have anything wrong.

    and one more question

    'Women were still not wearing pants when they dressed up.'
    I don't think it makes any sense in relation to tenses and the text.
    what do you think. For your informaiton, it's the first part of the paragraph!

    thanks a lot for answering my questions!
    Last edited by sanctuarylsw; 14-Jun-2007 at 12:39. Reason: adding more question

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    Re: to-infinitive & wear

    Welcome, sanctuarylsw.

    [1] Women could not wear pants to formal places.
    [2] Women could not wear to formal places.
    [3] They could not wear them to work, even if they were employed by a bank or a school.
    [4] Women wouldn't even wear pants when they dressed up.

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    Note, in some dialects of English the noun pants refers to underwear; So you may want to consider your audience and use the term trousers ... or not. It's your choice.


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    Re: to-infinitive & wear

    Thanks a lot!
    The second sentence I wrote was wrong.
    It should be "They could not wear pants to formal places." That's what I thought. The first is what I found in a Korean English book and I thought it was somewhat weird.
    Like you said, I should have been more careful about the audience. It should be 'trousers', not 'pants'.
    what I really want ask is in relation to infinitive used as adverbial. Especially, in 'wear trousers to go to formal places'

    thanks again!

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    Re: to-infinitive & wear

    To go is ambiguous in that context, which is why I omitted it. It has two possible readings:

    1. They couldn't wear trousers (even) to go to formal places.

    2. They couldn't wear trousers (in order) to go to formal places.

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