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    #1

    strange sentence

    "To forget is to not do anything, and something has to be done to stop this type of stuff from happening."

    Hi,

    I found this sentence on a newspaper today. I think the way it's written is very odd and would like to know the opinion of the natives, please.

    Also, could I rephrase it as:

    "Forgetting is doing nothing, and something has to be done..."

    "Forgetting is not doing anything, and something has to be done...".


    Thanks.


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    #2

    Re: strange sentence

    It would help to have the context of the sentence. It is a very colloquial one, and reads like reported direct speech.

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    #3

    Re: strange sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    It would help to have the context of the sentence. It is a very colloquial one, and reads like reported direct speech.
    thanks.
    as to my versions, are they good English please?
    thanks.


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    #4

    Re: strange sentence

    Your sentences are fine grammatically.

    But can you provide the context for the sentence?

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    #5

    Re: strange sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Your sentences are fine grammatically.

    But can you provide the context for the sentence?
    Hi,
    It's about the death of a child who's been abused by her foster parents. Here you go:

    In an impassioned sermon to the tearful crowd, Rev. Harry Klassen called on the community to fix the societal evils that led to Katelynn’s tragic demise. “Katelynn is delivering a message to us,” the minister said. “Stop the violence, stop the drugs, stop the abuse of children and the weak.”

    That message was echoed by close family friend Tracey Rodda outside the church.
    "In Katelynn's death, she's speaking out to us to ask us to end violence and addiction and abuse," Rodda said.
    "We can't forget. To forget is to not do anything, and something has to be done to stop this type of stuff from happening."

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    #6

    Re: strange sentence

    Now it makes sense.

    To deliberately forget that this child has been abused and killed means that you [the people listening] are doing nothing to stop such abuse occurring, and something must be done to stop all these terrible things happening.

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