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  1. mylevt's Avatar
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    join hands

    Hi,
    Please tell me if "join hands" is correct in the context?
    "All the villagers are willing to join hands to build a new schoold for their children."
    Thanks.

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    Re: join hands

    Quote Originally Posted by mylevt View Post
    Hi,
    Please tell me if "join hands" is correct in the context?
    "All the villagers are willing to join hands to build a new schoold for their children."
    Thanks.
    I don't think so. I'd say:
    "All the villagers are willing to lend a hand to build a new school for their children." or "give a hand".

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    Re: join hands

    Quote Originally Posted by mylevt View Post
    Hi,
    Please tell me if "join hands" is correct in the context?
    "All the villagers are willing to join hands to build a new schoold for their children."
    Thanks.
    According to Oxford Advanced Dictionary,the second meaning of join hands (with sb) is working together in doing sth.
    Hence,I suppose that you can say -All the villagers are willing to join hands in building a new school for their children.
    Regards

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    Re: join hands

    Quote Originally Posted by stella1977 View Post
    According to Oxford Advanced Dictionary,the second meaning of join hands (with sb) is working together in doing sth.
    Hence,I suppose that you can say -All the villagers are willing to join hands in building a new school for their children.
    Regards
    Yes, it's not wrong.
    "Many people are ready to join hands to improve health care around the world." - from another dictionary.
    I just thought it sounded a bit funny to join hands (the literal meaning) in order to build something, so a different phrase might be better.

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    Re: join hands

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Yes, it's not wrong.
    "Many people are ready to join hands to improve health care around the world." - from another dictionary.
    I just thought it sounded a bit funny to join hands (the literal meaning) in order to build something, so a different phrase might be better.
    Your example shows that we can use to-infinitive after join hands,probably to express the purpose.

    I thought that after join hands,we can only use preposition in+gerund.
    Raymott,I learnt something today.That's good.Thank you.

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