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    Re: student

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    Apex2000,

    If you don't mind, could you explain why using 'to' makes it grammatically better.
    In normal speech the 'to' is frequently omitted when the sense is not altered. You could say it is a lazy way of speaking. In the sentence either way gives the correct reading but 'dare to leave' is the grammatically correct way. This is another one of those circumstances where speaking and listening to the language will help you enormously.
    Leave is a noun as well as a verb; it is one of our many cases where some confusion can arise. It might help you if you think about a sentence where the bare infinitive appears to be used and then use 'the', 'a', and 'to' before the infinitive to see which one makes sense.

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    #12

    Re: student

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    No - it is the nicest because it is largest and best furnished.

    or is it?

    We cannot assume that it is the nicest because of my reasons, or because it faces south. It might be the politic way of saying, it's not as noisy as the others which are closer to the busy highway.!!
    North-easterly rooms are usually considered preferable because they catch the morning sun.
    Well, of course, we cannot assume anything, David, and I agree with your comments apart from 'north-easterly'.
    Unless you are living in the tropics then the sun will always appear from a south-easterly direction; we in Britain have our best chance of the sun when facing south.

    In the given sentence all we have to relate to is that the room has a south facing window. It may be a large or small room, L-shaped, even round, furnished or unfurnished, quiet, noisy, even overshadowed by trees but we are not told any of that. For the benefit of the students reading all this we can only deal with the words we are given.

    Whatever else the room has there are only two things that we know about - that it is the nicest room and that it has a south facing window. In almost all circumstances a south facing window is an asset because it lets in more light and sunshine. That is why I placed the emphasis on it as it is the only information given to connect it with being the nicest.
    The reverse would be true for those living in the southern hemisphere where a north-facing window would meet more light and sunshine.

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