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    #1

    which one, please?



    "Will I have any problem when I do it?"

    "Will I have any problem by doing it?"

    "Will I have any problem for doing it?"


    Which is the correct one, please?
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    #2

    Re: which one, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post


    "Will I have any problem when I do it?"

    "Will I have any problem by doing it?"

    "Will I have any problem for doing it?"


    Which is the correct one, please?
    Thanks.
    The first one is the best.
    The second one could mean "If I do this, will it cause any trouble" (but is not the most natural phrasing).
    The third I don't find to be correct.

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    Re: which one, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The first one is the best.
    The second one could mean "If I do this, will it cause any trouble" (but is not the most natural phrasing).
    The third I don't find to be correct.

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    hello Barb,
    I found many entries on Cae for "by doing it". do you think number 2 is too fancy and formal?
    thanks.

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    #4

    Re: which one, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    hello Barb,
    I found many entries on Cae for "by doing it". do you think number 2 is too fancy and formal?
    thanks.
    How many hits did you get with: "have any problem by doing it?"
    I'd imagine very few.

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    #5

    Re: which one, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    How many hits did you get with: "have any problem by doing it?"
    I'd imagine very few.
    I've found none with the quote you've mentioned. Is it the problem, then? Can’t I use ''by doing it'' in this particular sentence? Some of the entries I've found on CAE have similar contexts. I wonder why "Will I have any problem by doing it?" is weird if "There's nothing to be gained by doing it." is fine.

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