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Your singing puts a professional singer to shame. [M]

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Your singing puts professional singers to shame.

edited by papabear, May 28, 2011

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Comments

Swift Swift September 16, 2010 September 16, 2010 at 12:38:22 AM UTC link Permalink

The singular bothers me a bit, here. Would it not be better to say "Your singing would a professional singer to shame", or "Your singing puts professional singers to shame"?

ColinG ColinG May 1, 2011 May 1, 2011 at 9:32:42 PM UTC link Permalink

I agree with Swift. I would say "Your singing would put a professional singer to shame."

FeuDRenais FeuDRenais May 1, 2011 May 1, 2011 at 9:42:19 PM UTC link Permalink

I think this sentence is fine as is.

FeuDRenais FeuDRenais May 1, 2011 May 1, 2011 at 9:42:59 PM UTC link Permalink

(unless this is a translation check)

Swift Swift May 1, 2011 May 1, 2011 at 9:46:53 PM UTC link Permalink

Actually, I'm not too bothered by this any more. Besides, it's now owned by papabear and has in the meantime been translated into Esperanto and French, so I think it should stay as it is. Feel free to add the other version as an alternative (should we not have it already).

ColinG ColinG May 1, 2011 May 1, 2011 at 9:53:41 PM UTC link Permalink

Please pardon my newness here, it just sounded wrong to me. I will go ahead and put in the alternate.

Swift Swift May 1, 2011 May 1, 2011 at 10:12:38 PM UTC link Permalink

Not at all, thanks for commenting on it. It's better to be a little overly critical than let unnatural sentences pass.

Oh, and welcome to Tatoeba! :-)

Shiawase Shiawase May 26, 2011 May 26, 2011 at 3:50:00 PM UTC link Permalink

The singular in the sentence as it is now sounds strange to me; I think "which professional singer?" I think using a plural "professional singers" (in general) sounds better.

papabear papabear May 28, 2011 May 28, 2011 at 5:15:54 AM UTC link Permalink

Come to think of it, @Shiawase, I agree.