there are a few bolts to take out

Status
Not open for further replies.

azz

Member
Joined
Jul 27, 2004
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
French
Home Country
France
Current Location
United States
a. There are a few bolts to take out to dismantle this machine.
b. There are a few bolts to take out for us to dismantle this machine.

c. There are a few bolts to come out to dismantle this machine.
d. There are a few bolts to come out for us to dismantle this machine.

Which of the above is acceptable?
In order to dismantle this machine we have to take out a few bolts.
 

BobK

Harmless drudge
Staff member
Joined
Jul 29, 2006
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
UK
...
Which of the above is acceptable?
In order to dismantle this machine we have to take out a few bolts.
None of them. Your last sentence is OK.

If your meaning is that the process of dismantling depends on no more than the removal of a few bolts, you could say 'There are a few bolts to take out. Then the machine can be dismantled.' Alternatively, if you've already removed several bolts and the darned thing still won't come apart ;-), you could say 'There are a few more bolts to take out before the machine can be dismantled.'

b
 
  • Like
Reactions: azz
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top