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    which one is correct

    Which one out of following is correct,

    1.Do not put your hand in the automatic doors,you may loose your hand.

    .Do not put your hand in the automatic doors,you could loose your hand.

    .Do not put your hand in the automatic doors,you may have to loose your hand


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    Re: which one is correct

    Quote Originally Posted by sameer1728 View Post
    Which one out of following is correct,

    1.Do not put your hand in the automatic doors,you may loose your hand.

    .Do not put your hand in the automatic doors,you could loose your hand.

    .Do not put your hand in the automatic doors,you may have to loose your hand
    Loose - untie/make loose/set free

    Lose - Be deprived of/cease to have

    The first two sentence are fine [nb, space after a comma], except that to be fluent you will not repeat "hand". You will use "it". If you split the sentence into two sentences with a full stop, then "hand" can be repeated.

    The last sentence is not acceptable. You could rephrase it as "You may have to lose your hand [it will have to be cut off] if you put it in the automatic doors.


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    Re: which one is correct

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Loose - untie/make loose/set free

    Lose - Be deprived of/cease to have

    The first two sentence are fine [nb, space after a comma], except that to be fluent you will not repeat "hand". You will use "it". If you split the sentence into two sentences with a full stop, then "hand" can be repeated.

    The last sentence is not acceptable. You could rephrase it as "You may have to lose your hand [it will have to be cut off] if you put it in the automatic doors.

    Very foolish of me to type loose in place of lose.
    other suggestions also useful.In the last sentence ,is it altogether wrong if put in that order?

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    Re: which one is correct

    1. Do not put your hand in the automatic doors, you may lose your hand.

    2. Do not put your hand in the automatic doors, you could lose your hand.


    You might find the following article well worth the read, Understanding how could, might, and may are used to express possibility.


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    Re: which one is correct

    Quote Originally Posted by sameer1728 View Post
    Very foolish of me to type loose in place of lose.
    Other suggestions also useful. In the last sentence, is it altogether wrong if put in that order?
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    Yes


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    Re: which one is correct

    By the way, it is more likely to be:
    Do not put your hand in the automatic doors, you may lose it.

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    Re: which one is correct

    Am I the only one bothered by the comma splice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Am I the only one bothered by the comma splice?
    I'm with you. A semi-colon or a full stop should be used in between.

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