Page 1 of 2 1 2 Last
Results 1 to 10 of 16
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    150

    Please choose correct version

    Which version is correct and why?

    Sen 1:

    1) Different people have different understanding of what is rest and how to spend their leisure time.

    2) Different people have different understanding of what rest is and how to spend their leisure time.

    Sen 2:

    1) I think, it is very important for them to rest their minds during leisure time.

    2) I think, it is very important for them to rest their mind during leisure time.

  2. #2
    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    19,397

    Re: Please choose correct version

    Quote Originally Posted by Tvita View Post
    Which version is correct and why?

    Sen 1:

    1) Different people have different understanding [different understandings/a different understanding] of what is rest and how to spend their leisure time.

    2) Different people have different understanding of what rest is and how to spend their leisure time.

    Otherwise both are fine.

    Sen 2:

    1) I think it is very important for them to rest their minds during leisure time.
    ok

    2) I think it is very important for them to rest their mind during leisure time.

    This would imply a collective mind.
    .

  3. #3
    2006 is offline Banned
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    4,087

    Re: Please choose correct version

    Quote Originally Posted by Tvita View Post
    Which version is correct and why?

    2) I think, it is very important for them to rest their mind during leisure time.
    This sentence seems very odd with "mind".

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    29

    Re: Please choose correct version

    To be honest, both sentences are very awkward English. Neither one feels natural. I think the both need to be amended.

  5. #5
    Snowcake's Avatar
    Snowcake is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • German
      • Home Country:
      • Germany
      • Current Location:
      • Germany
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    623

    Re: Please choose correct version

    Hello Gybbyr,

    can you give some examples which sound natural?

    Even if it's not my thread, I'm very interested to read a suggestion of a native speaker.


    Thanks
    Snowcake

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    150

    Re: Please choose correct version

    Quote Originally Posted by gybbyr View Post
    To be honest, both sentences are very awkward English. Neither one feels natural. I think the both need to be amended.
    Please amend them so that they sound naturally :)

  7. #7
    2006 is offline Banned
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    4,087

    Re: Please choose correct version

    [quote=Tvita;273355]
    1) I think, it is very important for them to rest their minds during leisure time.

    I don't think there is anything wrong with this sentence. (although the comma after "think" is not needed)

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    150

    Re: Please choose correct version

    My teacher insists that the following sentence is incorrect (he said that only "what rest is" is correct in the statement ):

    Different people have a different understanding of what is rest and how to spend their leisure time.

    Could you please give me any relevant explanation why it is correct in order that I can explain it to him?

  9. #9
    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    19,397

    Re: Please choose correct version

    Either phrasing is fine. Allow your teacher his point - it is not worth an argument.

    If you do want to try and explain, then indicate to him that "is" can be replaced with "constitutes" in this construct to make a very good, rather more "formal" sentence:

    Different people have a different understanding of what constitutes rest and how to spend their leisure time.

  10. #10
    NearThere is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Taiwan
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    308

    Re: Please choose correct version

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Either phrasing is fine. Allow your teacher his point - it is not worth an argument.

    "Practical advice, I always weighed in my options, my grades were at stake."

    If you do want to try and explain, then indicate to him that "is" can be replaced with "constitutes" in this construct to make a very good, rather more "formal" sentence:

    Different people have a different understanding of what constitutes rest and how to spend their leisure time.
    This is just for my own benifit, but I have one question.

    The "what rest is" or "what is rest" issue. I was taught too in situation like this when it's a subclause the question form should be converted to an active(?) sentence (I mean the be-verb and the subject witch back) like this: What is rest--> What rest is. Because the main clause is not in a form of a question, neither should subclause in order to be in agreement with the master caluse.

    Not always true then?

    Many thanks

Page 1 of 2 1 2 Last

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •