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    #1

    A few questions

    Hi, please could you help me on the following?

    A
    In spoken English, could I use the following sentence form without so (that)?
    I use two alarm clocks not to oversleep.
    instead of
    I use two alarm clocks so (that) I donít oversleep.
    If not, why?
    The sentence without so (that) seems to me fully clear and is much simpler.

    B
    A tiger was reported to have escaped from the zoo.
    Is the following sentence also correct with the same meaning?
    They reported a tiger to have escaped from the zoo.

    C
    What is the diference between
    in school time (functions, activities, etc)
    and
    at school time (functions, activities, etc)
    e.g. Students who smoke in school or at school-sponsored eventsÖÖ


    Thanks a lot,
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    Re: A few questions

    The underlined portion needs to function adverbially as a purpose clause. It answers the question why or for what purpose?


    [1] I use two alarm clocks not to oversleep.
    Q: Why do you use two alarm clocks?
    A: So (that) I don't oversleep.
    A: (So as) not to oversleep.



    [2a] A tiger was reported to have escaped from the zoo. (passive)
    [2b] They reported a tiger to have escaped from the zoo. (active + passive)


    [3a] in school means during
    [3b] at school refers to a location

    Does that help?

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    Re: A few questions

    Dear Casiopea.

    [1] - I am not still sure if I can say:
    "I am never late as I use two alarm clocks not to oversleep."
    or
    "Use two alarm clocks not to oversleep."
    not to oversleep is a purpose in both cases, is not it?
    Where must I use So (that) I don't oversleep ?

    [2] - clear

    [3] - clear, but don't you know about any online dictionary where I could simply enter a noun and get main possible prepositions for the noun with an explanation why, similarly as you did?

    Thanks a lot,
    F.
    Last edited by Tapies; 18-Jun-2007 at 20:25.

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    Re: A few questions

    Any answer? Thanks
    Last edited by Tapies; 26-Jun-2007 at 11:12.


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    Re: A few questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Tapies View Post
    ???
    Sorry?

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    Re: A few questions

    Sorry for possible confusion.
    I replied to Casiopea's answer and haven't got a response yet.
    Please see the conversation above.
    Thank you.

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    Re: A few questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Tapies View Post
    [1] - I am not still sure if I can say:
    "I am never late as I use two alarm clocks not to oversleep."
    or
    "Use two alarm clocks not to oversleep."
    not to oversleep is a purpose in both cases, is not it?
    Where must I use So (that) I don't oversleep ?
    No, this is not correct. Here are some correct choices.
    I am never late as I use two alarm clocks so [that] I don't oversleep.

    I am never late as I use two alarm clocks so as not to oversleep. - not good style to use "as" twice like this

    I am never late because I use two alarm clocks so as not to oversleep.

    I am never late as I use two alarm clocks [in order] to not oversleep.

    -- not a teacher


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    Re: A few questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Tapies View Post
    Sorry for possible confusion.
    I replied to Casiopea's answer and haven't got a response yet.
    Please see the conversation above.
    Thank you.
    No problem, my bad!

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