Patience

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Patience

Post by Stevenloan » Fri Jul 23, 2021 4:38 pm

When you’re in a restaurant, and you’ve been waiting a while for your food, when it does finally arrive, your waiter will likely say one of two phrases, either “sorry for the wait”or “thank you for your patience”. “Thank you for your patience” is a grammatically incorrect sentence that has become grammatically correct through it’s popularity.

- Hi everybody! I found the sentences above in an online article. Do you, native speakers, agree with the sentence "“Thank you for your patience” is a grammatically incorrect sentence that has become grammatically correct through it’s popularity."? It is my opinion that "Thank you for your patience" is totally grammatical correct. Please correct me if I am wrong.

I am eager to receive your answers.

StevenLoan
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Re: Patience

Post by Erik_Kowal » Fri Jul 23, 2021 6:47 pm

The person who wrote what you quoted is an opinionated ignoramus.

You are correct.
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Re: Patience

Post by trolley » Fri Jul 23, 2021 7:25 pm

I’m struggling to understand why someone would think it wasn’t correct...what am I missing? Is it because the customer may not have actually been patient and had no choice but to wait?
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Fri Jul 23, 2021 9:05 pm

The face that the "patience" was probably forced on the customer also occurred to me, but the question of whether the patience was genuine has no bearing on the grammaticality of the utterance.
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Re: Patience

Post by Stevenloan » Sat Jul 24, 2021 5:36 am

Erik and trolley : Thanks so much for your responses. Enjoy your weekend.

StevenLoan
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