didn't shout at him to scare him

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didn't shout at him to scare him

Post by azz » Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:35 am

Can one say

a. Unlike you, I didn't shout at him so that he'd be scared. I talked softly to him.
b. Unlike you, I didn't shout at him to scare him. I talked softly to him.

c. I didn't shout at him so that he'd be scared. I shouted at him because I know he's hard of hearing.
d. I didn't shout at him to scare him. I shouted at him because I know he's hard of hearing.

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Re: didn't shout at him to scare him

Post by Erik_Kowal » Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:32 pm

Those all seem fine to me.

Consider also:

"I didn't shout at him [ in order] to make him scared", and

"I didn't shout at him [ in order] to frighten him".
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