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    #1

    The city is expensive.

    Hello.

    1. The city is expensive to live in.
    2. The city is expensive to live.
    3. Living in the city is expensive.
    4. The city is expensive.

    Sentences 1 to 3 are grammatically correct, aren't they? What about sentence 4?


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    #2

    Re: The city is expensive.

    1. The city is expensive to live in.
    2. The city is expensive to live.
    3. Living in the city is expensive.
    4. The city is expensive.

    Sentences 1 to 3 are grammatically correct, aren't they? What about sentence 4?
    No. 4 is correct, but note that it could either mean the city is expensive for visiting tourists or for residents. Those are two different things. Nos. 1 and 3 are correct also, but only emphasize that it's expensive for residents.

    Greg


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    #3

    Re: The city is expensive.

    Thank you for the response, Greg.
    Does #2 mean the same thing as #1 and #3?

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    #4

    Re: The city is expensive.

    I think # 2 is incorrect. It should be the city is an expensive place in which to live".

    A city doesn't live.


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    #5

    Re: The city is expensive.

    I think # 2 is incorrect. It should be the city is an expensive place in which to live".
    Searching for Language is right. I neglected to mention No. 2 because I assumed you realized it was wrong.

    You can't omit that preposition in. If you say The city is expensive to live, it sounds as though you're going to live the city. The preposition must be retained, otherwise you lose the the logical relationship between the verb and the noun. There are two ways to do it: one is No. 1, and the other is the version correctly pointed out by Searching for Language.

    Greg
    Last edited by dragn; 27-Apr-2009 at 02:37.

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