like we saw

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like we saw

Post by azz » Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:32 am

Can one say
a. I don't want to see work like we saw last month.
b. I don't want to see work like what we saw last month.

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Re: like we saw

Post by tony h » Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:49 pm

azz wrote:Can one say
a. I don't want to see work like we saw last month.
b. I don't want to see work like what we saw last month.

Many thanks.
a. is fine.
b. is a mess

an alternative might be

I don't want to see work like that which we saw last month.
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Re: like we saw

Post by Erik_Kowal » Sat Mar 11, 2017 6:06 am

tony h wrote:
azz wrote:Can one say
a. I don't want to see work like we saw last month.
b. I don't want to see work like what we saw last month.

Many thanks.
a. is fine.
b. is a mess

an alternative might be

I don't want to see work like that which we saw last month.
I can't agree with you regarding b), which I think is absolutely acceptable in informal (and even formal) speech. It's certainly something I could find myself saying without a second thought.

I'm afraid I also disagree with your suggested alternative wording, which I suspect almost nobody would actually use because it sounds so pedantic. The only people I could imagine favouring it are certain old-fashioned prescriptivist grammarians.

For a more formal-sounding wording than b), I'd suggest something like

I don't want to see work...

i) of the sort / kind
ii) that looks like what
iii) which resembles
iv) resembling what

...we saw last month.
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Post by tony h » Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:47 am

Erik_Kowal wrote:I'm afraid I also disagree with your suggested alternative wording, which I suspect almost nobody would actually use because it sounds so pedantic. The only people I could imagine favouring it are certain old-fashioned prescriptivist grammarians.
Oh Erik I did laugh. I would happily use it.
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