Student or Learner
I ran across the following question:
---Mary said she was tired of studying English.
---It's not like her ______ like that.
A. to say anything B. to have said anything
I would think A is right. I wondered if we could also use B.
Thank you very much.
Last edited by joham; 25-Feb-2008 at 03:42. Reason: a word wrongly used
A is correct. There's nothing wrong with the grammar of B, but it implies that Mary's "good nature," if we can call it that, only lasted for a limited time in the past, rather than being a permanent quality.
"Mary smokes occasionally now, but while she was pregnant, she never touched a cigarette. She wouldn't have done anything to hurt the baby she was carrying."
"That's why I can't understand why she gives Johnny all that junk food. It's not like her to do anything to endanger his health."
Does that make sense?
[not a teacher]