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Difference between adapt and accomodate | Meaning of to the point of being sth
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I would like someone to do something #1 (permalink) Tue Dec 20, 2005 21:56 pm   I would like someone to do something
 

Common Errors in English, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #17 "My Thoughts", question 4

I would like you at see some pictures of my country and I will attach them to my next report.

(a) at
(b) of
(c) to

Common Errors in English, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #17 "My Thoughts", answer 4

I would like you to see some pictures of my country and I will attach them to my next report.

Correct entry: to
The error was: (a) at
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I would like someone to do something #2 (permalink) Wed Dec 21, 2005 3:33 am   I would like someone to do something
 

Hi Guest,

It is correct. You must learn by heart the phrase "I would like someone to do something". As you saw, "at" is a preposition, so it must be followed by a noun phrase, not a verb or verb phrase. You should use this clue to discover the wrong word in this sentence.

Thanks for your question.

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At #3 (permalink) Wed Dec 21, 2005 12:36 pm   At
 

Hi,

It doesn't do to be too dogmatic about constructions in English. Remember some verbs can be followed by at and verbal nouns/gerunds as in: aim at becoming.

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I would like someone to do something #4 (permalink) Wed Dec 21, 2005 16:46 pm   I would like someone to do something
 

Hi Alan,

Thanks. I forgot to list gerund there. Gerund 'becoming' here functioned as a noun. No verb comes directly after a preposition.

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Verb #5 (permalink) Wed Dec 21, 2005 17:00 pm   Verb
 

Hieu wrote:
Hi Alan,

Thanks. I forgot to list gerund there. Gerund 'becoming' here functioned as a noun. No verb comes directly after a preposition.

Hieu


You surely don't mean that! Look at these:

She aims at completing her thesis by Friday

She tried to complete her essay yesterday

You must be careful when you make a statement like this;

No verb comes directly after a preposition.

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