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  1. angliholic's Avatar
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    #1

    Smile beckon to her grandchildren

    Mrs. Andrews beckoned to her grandchildren with her hands.



    Is "to" optional here or do I have to delete it? Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: beckon to her grandchildren

    I think not "to"


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    #3

    Smile Re: beckon to her grandchildren

    I think it is better (correct) not to use "to".


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    #4

    Re: beckon to her grandchildren

    My objection would be to use both "beckon to" and "with her hands" - you cannot gesture with anything else but your hands. So my preference would be to say "Mrs. Andrews beckoned to her grandchildren." - there is a correct usage of "to" in this sentence.

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    Re: beckon to her grandchildren

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    My objection would be to use both "beckon to" and "with her hands" - you cannot gesture with anything else but your hands. So my preference would be to say "Mrs. Andrews beckoned to her grandchildren." - there is a correct usage of "to" in this sentence.
    Dear Anglika, can't we gesture with head?Thanks.
    Last edited by LwyrFirat; 18-Sep-2007 at 21:15.


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    #6

    Re: beckon to her grandchildren

    Sorry - should have read my posting more carefully.

    Yes, but you can't beckon with it.

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    Re: beckon to her grandchildren

    At first I am sorry for speaking too much. Yes, actually I clearly understood what you meant in your post, but I still think that beckoning is possible with a head as well, the dictionary says the same. Thanks



    beck·on (bĕk'ən)

    v., -oned, -on·ing, -ons.

    v.tr.
    1. To signal or summon, as by nodding or waving.
    Last edited by LwyrFirat; 19-Sep-2007 at 00:25.

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    #8

    Re: beckon to her grandchildren

    Dear Anglika probably I couldn't express myself about what I wanted to say. I mean something like the below picture.For example, may be you know in basketball it's quite common, players generally beckon to other team membres like that when they are holding the ball.Thanks.



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    #9

    Re: beckon to her grandchildren

    I accept your correction but hold by my statement that generally "gesture" will mean indicating something by hand movement, so to include "with her hands" is a tautology.

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