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    use, my pleasure, much

    Dear teachers,

    I have three questions to ask:

    No.1
    It is no use doing something=It is no use to do something=There is no use doing something. My question is: Is it correct to say "There is no use to do something"?

    No.2
    Would you mind filling up this form?
    If I say "My pleasure" that means I mind. Is that right?

    No.3
    I think the following sentences are correct:
    I have as beautiful a car as yours.
    I have a car as beautiful as yours.
    Then please read the following:
    The teacher told us to gather _____ about the ancient calendar.
    a. as much information as possible
    b. information as much as possible
    The key is "a", I agree. Could you please explain why "b" isn't correct? Does it mean that "as much as" might refer to "gather"?

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

    Jiang


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    Re: use, my pleasure, much

    Hello there,

    No.1
    Is it correct to say "There is no use to do something"?
    NO. In this construction you always have to use the -ING form of a verb, and not the infinitive.

    No.2
    Would you mind filling up this form?
    If I say "My pleasure" that means I mind. Is that right?

    NO. If you say "my pleasure" it means that you don't mind doing it, not at all. In fact, it will be "a pleasure" for you to do it. So if you say "my pleasure" it means that you will be "more than happy" to do something.

    No.3
    I think the following sentences are correct:
    I have as beautiful a car as yours.
    NO, incorrect. "as beautiful a car as"... is quite uncommon in a colloquial phrase, but not unacceptable, I reckon. BUT: as yours should be "as you have".

    I have a car as beautiful as yours. YES, CORRECT.

    Then please read the following:
    The teacher told us to gather _____ about the ancient calendar.
    a. as much information as possible
    b. information as much as possible
    The key is "a", I agree. Could you please explain why "b" isn't correct? Does it mean that "as much as" might refer to "gather"?
    B is indeed WRONG, because the adverbial phrase "as much X as possible" is something like a fixed way to express it (if X is a noun).

    Kind regards,

    Thomas (not a teacher)

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

    Jiang

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    Re: use, my pleasure, much

    Dear Thomas_BE,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. I understand No.1 and No.4.

    No.2
    Originally this is a multiple choice. To save your time I put it into a question. Here is the choice:

    A: Would you mind filling up this form?
    B: _______________
    a. My pleasure. b. Of course not.
    The key is "b". I agree. If "a" is means "You don't mind doing it". Then it bear the same meaning with "b". So I guess it bears another meaning. Is that right?
    No.3
    My example is from my grammar book. Now I see the problem with it.

    Best wishes,
    Jiang

    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas_BE View Post
    Hello there,

    No.1
    Is it correct to say "There is no use to do something"?
    NO. In this construction you always have to use the -ING form of a verb, and not the infinitive.

    No.2
    Would you mind filling up this form?
    If I say "My pleasure" that means I mind. Is that right?
    NO. If you say "my pleasure" it means that you don't mind doing it, not at all. In fact, it will be "a pleasure" for you to do it. So if you say "my pleasure" it means that you will be "more than happy" to do something.

    No.3
    I think the following sentences are correct:
    I have as beautiful a car as yours.
    NO, incorrect. "as beautiful a car as"... is quite uncommon in a colloquial phrase, but not unacceptable, I reckon. BUT: as yours should be "as you have".

    I have a car as beautiful as yours. YES, CORRECT.

    Then please read the following:
    The teacher told us to gather _____ about the ancient calendar.
    a. as much information as possible
    b. information as much as possible
    The key is "a", I agree. Could you please explain why "b" isn't correct? Does it mean that "as much as" might refer to "gather"?
    B is indeed WRONG, because the adverbial phrase "as much X as possible" is something like a fixed way to express it (if X is a noun).

    Kind regards,

    Thomas (not a teacher)

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

    Jiang

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