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"The dog was too fast for me to follow it."
PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 3:49 am Reply with quote
Bridget
 
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Is this grammatically correct?

"The dog was too fast for me to follow it."
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 12:55 pm Reply with quote
MrPedantic
 
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Yes.

There is an explanation of a similar example on this website, which says otherwise (and which has been uncritically plagiarised on various other forums, in recent weeks).

However, the plagiarisee has missed this difference:

1. The car is too fast for me to follow.

expresses a general case: things at that speed are too fast for me.

2. The car is too fast for me to follow it.

expresses a specific case: that thing at that speed is too fast for me.

The fact that both forms may be "grammatically correct" can be seen more clearly if we expand the example:

3. The car was too fast for me to follow on my motorbike.
4. The car was too fast for me to be able to follow it on my motorbike.

Possibly the writer of that webpage has also confused the structure with:

5. The car was too fast to follow.
6. *The car was too fast to follow it [the car].

MrP
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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 6:32 pm Reply with quote
Bridget
 
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Well plagiarism or no, it's nice you could come along and put in your two-pennyworth, MrP.

Hey, aside: do you ever get the feeling you're being watched? Stalked?
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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 1:02 pm Reply with quote
MrPedantic
 
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That's a curious response; but if you want to discuss the grammatical aspects of the original sentence, feel free to post again.

MrP
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