to teach to swim

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to teach to swim

Post by navi » Sat May 04, 2019 6:53 pm

1) I have a student to teach to swim.

2) I have a student to whom to teach to swim.

3) I have a student to whom to teach swimming.


4) I have a student to teach how to swim to.

5) I have a student to teach him how to swim.



Which of these sentences are correct and mean the same as:

A) I have a student to teach swimming to.

I think only '4' works with that meaning. I'd say '5' is correct but means something different. It means "I have a student who can teach him how to swim."

I am not sure '3' is incorrect, but it sounds awkward.

'1' and '2' sound incorrect to me.

Gratefully,
Navi
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Sat May 04, 2019 8:48 pm

Only 1) and 3) work for me, and of those two, 3) sounds very stilted.

In practice, most people would simplify it to "I have a student to teach swimming."

Or they would just go for 1) or A).
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