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    #1

    I will do anything I can (do)for you

    #1 Chinese Style: I will do anything I can do for you.
    #2 American Style: I will do anything I can for you.
    Dear Teacher,

    I wonder whether Sentence 1 is wrong or not. Actually, I think Sentence1 is correct while Sentence 2 is wrong. Any comments? Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: I will do anything I can (do)for you

    I'm not a teacher, but I'd say sentence 1 is kind of redundant and sentence 2 sounds OK.

    In my view:

    I will do this for you.
    I will do anything I can for you.

    agree?


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    #3

    Re: I will do anything I can (do)for you

    Thanks. I think that is an attributive clause which needs a " verb".






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    #4

    Re: I will do anything I can (do)for you

    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow402 View Post
    Dear Teacher,

    I wonder whether Sentence 1 is wrong or not. Actually, I think Sentence1 is correct while Sentence 2 is wrong. Any comments? Thank you!
    Both are fine, Rainbow. We just have the option of dropping the second 'do'.


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    #5

    Re: I will do anything I can (do)for you

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    Both are fine, Rainbow. We just have the option of dropping the second 'do'.
    Thanks. Do you think Sentence 1 is chinglish? Does Sentence 1 sound clumsy ? Do the native speakers never in the way of #1?

    I found that in a thread about chinglish expressions in another BBS.


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    #6

    Re: I will do anything I can (do)for you

    Not clumsy - it is a form that would/could be used if you want to emphasise your intention.


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    #7

    Re: I will do anything I can (do)for you

    Anglika, thanks again for your help today.

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