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Post by navi » Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:30 pm

Which are correct:

1) You said to the man to leave.
2) You said to the man that his presence was undesirable.

3) You said for the man to leave.
4) You asked for the man to leave.

5) The man to whom you said to leave finally left.
6) The man to whom you said that his presence was undesirable finally left.

If '3' and '4' are acceptable do they mean the same as 'You told the man to leave' and 'You asked the man to leave'? Or do they mean that you told some other people to tell him to leave?

Gratefully,
Navi.
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Post by BonnieL » Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:33 pm

None of the above. "I asked (or told) the man to leave."

#5 - "The man you told to leave has left."

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Post by tony h » Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:14 pm

BonnieL wrote:
Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:33 pm

Brevity is the soul of clarity, as well as wit.
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Post by BonnieL » Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:31 pm

So do I, but not if the sentences need a lot of clipping. :)
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