You could have done all the futile things after you had had a word with us

tufguy

VIP Member
Joined
Feb 4, 2014
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Hindi
Home Country
India
Current Location
India
You could have done all the futile things after you had had a word with us but you decided otherwise. This could have saved us a lot of time.

Please check my sentences.
 

emsr2d2

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jul 28, 2009
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
UK
Why would someone talk to you and then go ahead and do these unspecified "futile things"? Please give us the context.
 

tedmc

VIP Member
Joined
Apr 16, 2014
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
Chinese
Home Country
Malaysia
Current Location
Malaysia
The sentence doesn't make sense. Any advice would have prevented the person from doing futile things, not the reverse.
 

tufguy

VIP Member
Joined
Feb 4, 2014
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Hindi
Home Country
India
Current Location
India
Why would someone talk to you and then go ahead and do these unspecified "futile things"? Please give us the context.
We went to a doctor to show her our nutraceutical products but she kept talking to one of her assistants and wasted a lot of our time.
 

emsr2d2

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jul 28, 2009
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
UK
I'm sure she didn't think that the conversation she was having with her assistant was futile. I imagine she's a busy woman - doctors usually are. However, I would accept that if you had an appointment with her to talk about nutraceutricals, it would have been more polite for her to concentrate on what you were saying. If you showed up without an appointment, I'm not entirely surprised by her actions.
 

Tarheel

VIP Member
Joined
Jun 16, 2014
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
@tufguy The phrase "futile things" is one that's rarely seen (if ever). You probably should lose it.
 

tufguy

VIP Member
Joined
Feb 4, 2014
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Hindi
Home Country
India
Current Location
India
I'm sure she didn't think that the conversation she was having with her assistant was futile. I imagine she's a busy woman - doctors usually are. However, I would accept that if you had an appointment with her to talk about nutraceutricals, it would have been more polite for her to concentrate on what you were saying. If you showed up without an appointment, I'm not entirely surprised by her actions.
Are my sentences correct in post 1?
 

5jj

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Oct 14, 2010
Member Type
Native Language
British English
Home Country
Czech Republic
Current Location
Czech Republic

emsr2d2

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jul 28, 2009
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
UK
I'm not going to try to make slight changes to your original to make it correct because it still won't express the situation you later explained. You could say something like the following (although it's rather rude!):

It would have been more professional if you had waited until after our discussion/presentation to continue talking to your assistant. We feel that our visit was a waste of time.
 

tufguy

VIP Member
Joined
Feb 4, 2014
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Hindi
Home Country
India
Current Location
India
I'm not going to try to make slight changes to your original to make it correct because it still won't express the situation you later explained. You could say something like the following (although it's rather rude!):

It would have been more professional if you had waited until after our discussion/presentation to continue talking to your assistant. We feel that our visit was a waste of time.
Please correct my sentences in post 1.
 

Tarheel

VIP Member
Joined
Jun 16, 2014
Member Type
Interested in Language
Native Language
American English
Home Country
United States
Current Location
United States
Please correct my sentences in post #1.
I think that's good advice (post #10). What do you think is wrong with it?
 

emsr2d2

Moderator
Staff member
Joined
Jul 28, 2009
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
British English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
UK
You could have done all the futile things talked to your assistant after you had had a word with us. but you decided otherwise. This could have saved us a lot of time.

Please check my sentences.
That's the closest I can get to your original. You need to forget the whole "done all the futile things" completely.
 
Top