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    hate, settle, admire and except

    Dear teachers,

    I have four questions to ask:

    No.1
    "Hate" can be followed by both infinitive and V+ing. Please read the following sentence:
    He had hated being a child.
    My question is: Can I say "He had hated to be a child"?

    No.2
    His admiring instructor advised him to conduct the research.
    Can I say "admired/admirable instructor" ? If I can't could you please explain why?

    No.3
    She had no other ambition except to play a piano.
    As far as I know I can say "except do something'. In that case "except " is a preposition. So can I say "...except play a piano'? If I can't could you please kindly explain why?

    No.4
    He expected to be settled with a home.
    Could you please explain if "to be settled with" a phrase? I can't find the collocation in my dictionary.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
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    Re: hate, settle, admire and except

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I have four questions to ask:

    No.1
    "Hate" can be followed by both infinitive and V+ing. Please read the following sentence:
    He had hated being a child.
    My question is: Can I say "He had hated to be a child"? I see no reason why not, but it is not the expected form.

    No.2
    His admiring instructor advised him to conduct the research.
    Can I say "admired/admirable instructor" ? If I can't could you please explain why?
    Neither admired nor admirable are synonymous with admiring.
    Admired = regard with approval
    Admirable = deserving respect or approval
    Admiring = showing admiration/approval

    No.3
    She had no other ambition except to play a piano.
    As far as I know I can say "except do something'. In that case "except " is a preposition. So can I say "...except play a piano'? If I can't could you please kindly explain why?
    You can.

    No.4
    He expected to be settled with a home.
    Could you please explain if "to be settled with" a phrase? I can't find the collocation in my dictionary.

    It is an odd sentence. What is the fuller context?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
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    Re: hate, settle, admire and except

    Dear Anglika,

    Thank you so much for your explanation. I understand two of them.

    No.1
    I see no reason why not, but it is not the expected form.
    Do you mean you won't use the form?


    The full context of No.4 is:

    Lottie expected to be settled with a home and family while Bess was still waiting for Harry to earn enough to buy a marriage license.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: hate, settle, admire and except

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear Anglika,

    Thank you so much for your explanation. I understand two of them.

    No.1
    I see no reason why not, but it is not the expected form.
    Do you mean you won't use the form?

    I might or I might not - it is not the form that is normally used,


    The full context of No.4 is:

    Lottie expected to be settled with a home and family while Bess was still waiting for Harry to earn enough to buy a marriage license.

    She expects to have settled down - to have achieved a permanent relationship and home.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
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    Re: hate, settle, admire and except

    Dear Anglika,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Jiang
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    Re: hate, settle, admire and except

    Anglika's interpretation of 'settled' could well be right, but the names Lottie Bess and Harry (not necessarily dated, but all possibly referring to a previous century) allow the possibility of 'settled' being a reference to the collocation 'marriage settlement' - a woman 'settled with a home', in historical literature, could be a woman with a future home as a dowry.

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    Re: hate, settle, admire and except

    Dear BobK,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Jiang
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    Anglika's interpretation of 'settled' could well be right, but the names Lottie Bess and Harry (not necessarily dated, but all possibly referring to a previous century) allow the possibility of 'settled' being a reference to the collocation 'marriage settlement' - a woman 'settled with a home', in historical literature, could be a woman with a future home as a dowry.

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