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Dogs

Post by Stevenloan » Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:04 pm

Hi all members! My friend comes to my house and sees my new dog and asks me why I bought it. I want to tell him that because the dog is big and very smart to protect my house. Which one of the following two sentences is suitable in this situation?

1. This dog is big and very smart to look after the house.
2. This dog is big and very smart to guard the house.

Your answers will be greatly appreciated.

StevenLoan
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Re: Dogs

Post by Phil White » Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:47 pm

Neither are natural.

"He/she/it is very big and clever, so he/she/it will protect the house."

Most dog owners will always use "he" or "she", rather than "it".

Probably the most natural conversation would be something like:
"Why did you buy the dog?"
"To protect the house. She's very big and clever."

Or
"Why did you get the dog?"
"I wanted a big, smart dog to protect the house."

The infinitive construction works well in both of those examples, but not in the two you suggested.
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Re: Dogs

Post by Stevenloan » Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:48 am

Phil White: I would like to thank you so much for your help. I really appreciate it.
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Re: Dogs

Post by Bobinwales » Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:22 pm

"I wanted a good guard dog".
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Re: Dogs

Post by Stevenloan » Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:23 pm

Bob: Thanks very much for your version.
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