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    Smile Whatever you choose to sacrifice,

    Whatever you choose to sacrifice, make sure it's for something that you feel passionate about.
    Whatever you choose to sacrifice, make sure it's something that you feel passionate about.


    Both of the above read equally well to me. but do they mean about the same semantically? Thanks.

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    Re: Whatever you choose to sacrifice,

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Whatever you choose to sacrifice, make sure it's for something that you feel passionate about.
    Whatever you choose to sacrifice, make sure it's something that you feel passionate about.


    Both of the above read equally well to me. but do they mean about the same semantically? Thanks.
    Hello Angli,

    The structure here is: "to sacrifice X for Y", e.g. "to sacrifice comfort for fashion".

    In your sentence #1, you must make sure you feel passionate about Y (i.e. the object of the sacrifice).

    In sentence #2, however, you must make sure you feel passionate about X (i.e. the thing which you sacrifice).

    In most contexts, I would think, you would want to use the #1 form: e.g. you might feel passionate about fashion, and would therefore be willing to sacrifice comfort to it.

    Post again if it's still unclear!

    Best wishes,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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    Re: Whatever you choose to sacrifice,

    Thanks, MP.
    Got it.


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    Re: Whatever you choose to sacrifice,

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Whatever you choose to sacrifice, make sure it's for something that you feel passionate about.
    Whatever you choose to sacrifice, make sure it's something that you feel passionate about.


    Both of the above read equally well to me. but do they mean about the same semantically? Thanks.
    Both sentences are fine but the meaning is slightly different.

    Whatever you choose to sacrifice, make sure it's for something that you feel passionate about.

    Using "for" in the above sentence, means that you are sacrificing for something.

    Whatever you choose to sacrifice, make sure it's something that you feel passionate about.

    In the above sentence the "something" is what you are sacrificing.

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    Re: Whatever you choose to sacrifice,

    Quote Originally Posted by Naamplao View Post
    Both sentences are fine but the meaning is slightly different.

    Whatever you choose to sacrifice, make sure it's for something that you feel passionate about.

    Using "for" in the above sentence, means that you are sacrificing for something.

    Whatever you choose to sacrifice, make sure it's something that you feel passionate about.

    In the above sentence the "something" is what you are sacrificing.
    Thanks, Naamplao.
    Now I know their subtle difference.

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