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    about to-infinitive

    Please teach me about this sentence below.

    To pill in the blanks below to make the similar meaning of this sentence
    :"If possible, I want them to stay at home." ,

    "I'd rather ( ) ( ) at home."

    (they) (stay) or (they) (stayed) are answer of it.


    I wonder why (they) (stayed) can be used for this sentence.

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    Re: about to-infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by ivygreen View Post
    Please teach me about this sentence below.

    Fill in the blanks below to make the similar meaning of this sentence
    :"If possible, I want them to stay at home." ,

    "I'd rather ( ) ( ) at home." For your meaning, I would only use "stay", because we are talking about the present or the future. ("I want them to stay..."...I'd rather they stay...)

    If they already left (past action), I would use "stayed".

    (they) (stay) or (they) (stayed) are answer of it.


    I wonder why (they) (stayed) can be used for this sentence.
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    Re: about to-infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by ivygreen View Post
    Please [teach] tell me about this sentence below.

    To pill in the blanks below to make the similar meaning of this sentence
    :"If possible, I want them to stay at home." ,

    "I'd rather ( ) ( ) at home."

    (they) (stay) or (they) (stayed) are answer of it.


    I wonder why (they) (stayed) can be used for this sentence.

    Hello Ivygreen,

    I disagree with my learned colleague.

    In English, we sometimes use the past tense FORM as a way to distance things, which tends to make them seem more polite/ more deferential. It has nothing to do with any finished action, it's simply the form that's used to cause the effect I've/I mentioned.

    If I were you, I wouldn't talk to him that way.

    I was wondering if you could ...
    Last edited by riverkid; 12-Dec-2007 at 20:24.


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    Re: about to-infinitive

    Dear 2006 and riverkid,


    First of all, thank you very much to both of you for replying
    my question.

    I understand your explanations. I am glad to know them.

    Thanks a lot.

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