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Sentence #262021 — belongs to CK
I became a director.
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CK 6 hours ago link permalink

It could mean any of those.

Sentence #4013011 — belongs to CK
It wasn't easy to do that.
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duran 21 hours ago link permalink

wasn't as easy to-->wasn't easy to

Sentence #6997671 — belongs to CK
Tom is always telling Mary that he loves her.
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Pfirsichbaeumchen 21 hours ago link permalink

us → is 🙂

Sentence #262021 — belongs to CK
I became a director.
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danepo yesterday link permalink

What does director mean in this sentence.
Is it the same as "manager" or "instructor"

There are a lot of different directors:
(school) director = danish: leder
(concert) director = danish: dirigent
film director = danish: filminstruktør
managing director = danish: administrende direktør

https://da.bab.la/ordbog/engelsk-dansk/director


Sentence #6879262 — belongs to CK
If Tom had had time to do that, I'm sure he would've.
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duran 4 days ago link permalink

I'm he sure---->I'm sure

Sentence #6242425 — belongs to CK
Tom said he'd be willing to do that for free.
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soliloquist 6 days ago link permalink

willing do -> willing to do [?]

That's what the audio says.

Sentence #6228255 — belongs to CK
I don't think Tom would be afraid of something like this.
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Pfirsichbaeumchen 6 days ago link permalink

so → of

Sentence #3395542 — belongs to CK
What kind of meat do you eat most often?
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Pfirsichbaeumchen 6 days ago link permalink

the most often → most often/the most

Sentence #2641448 — belongs to CK
Tom only listens to classical music.
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CK 6 days ago link permalink

It was a typo. I've changed this to "classical music" to match the audio.

There are other examples with "classic rock" which is a fairly commonly-used phrase.

https://tatoeba.org/eng/sentenc...+rock&from=eng


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Sentence #6352062 — belongs to CK
Tom said he was unlikely to win.
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deniko 12 days ago link permalink

unlikely win -> unlikely to win

also here: #6651519

Sentence #6976427 — belongs to CK
I'm usually a very sound sleeper.
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shekitten 13 days ago link permalink

a*

Sentence #6972067 — belongs to CK
Tom was wearing a blue and white striped shirt.
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duran 13 days ago link permalink

wearing wearing---->wearing

Sentence #2451683 — belongs to CK
I dream in French.
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CK 15 days ago, edited 15 days ago link permalink

This sentence has audio files in 7 languages

English, Berber, German, French, Hungarian, Russian and Spanish.

Sentence #3673600 — belongs to CK
I'll try to say it in French.
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CK 15 days ago link permalink

There is another audio file for this at https://audio.tatoeba.org/sente...ng/6439250.mp3

Sentence #2647402 — belongs to CK
Tom wants to change.
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CK 16 days ago, edited 16 days ago link permalink

I added some other "change" sentences that refer to changing clothes.

https://tatoeba.org/eng/sentenc...=&sort=created

(This search will show those sentences, once these new sentences have been indexed. Until then, you'll need to use this link: https://tatoeba.org/eng/activit...entences_of/CK )


Note that in some cases, changing into clothes would very, very, very unlikely be the meaning. In my mind, it never would be the intended meaning.

[#4135312] Tom will never change. (CK) *audio*

Sentence #2647402 — belongs to CK
Tom wants to change.
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Pfirsichbaeumchen 16 days ago link permalink

OK. Thanks for the confirmation. ☺

Sentence #2647402 — belongs to CK
Tom wants to change.
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CK 16 days ago link permalink

It could mean either.

Sentence #2237106 — belongs to CK
Tom kept watch.
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carlosalberto 16 days ago link permalink

to keep watch = vigiar, ficar de guarda, estar de atalaia

Tom kept watch. = Tom ficou de guarda.

Sentence #2647402 — belongs to CK
Tom wants to change.
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Pfirsichbaeumchen 16 days ago link permalink

Does this mean “Tom wants to change his clothes” or “Tom wants to change his ways”?

Sentence #3442195 — belongs to CK
Tom is shaking like a leaf.
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CK 17 days ago link permalink

Annotation:

This is an idiom meaning to shake a lot, usually meaning to tremble with fear.

Sentence #6115874 — belongs to CK
Did what Tom do make Mary angry?
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deniko 17 days ago link permalink

> The "do" is similar to how we say "swim" instead of "swam" in the following question.
> [#2235685] Did Tom swim? (CK) *audio*

I think it's not the same because in "Did what Tom do make Mary angry?" the word "did" refers to "make", and the word "do" seems to be part of the subordinate clause and shouldn't have been affected by"did", that's why it's so confusing.

Sentence #6115874 — belongs to CK
Did what Tom do make Mary angry?
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CK 17 days ago, edited 17 days ago link permalink

@PaulP

> I googled a bit, as suggested ;-) and found some comments like "improper language" and even "a grammar “no-no”"

Could you refer me to pages you found that suggested that this is a "grammar no-no"?

@Pfirsichbaeumchen

> “Did Tom’s actions make Mary angry?”

Yes, it's similar in meaning to this.

"What Tom does" = things Tom does.
"What Tom did" = the thing Tom did.

@brauchinet

>Would "What Tom do made me angry" also work?

No. However you can say the following.

[#6970362] What Tom does makes me angry. (CK)
[#4497791] What Tom did made me angry. (CK) *audio*




Additional info:

The "Did" at the beginning of the sentence indicates past.
The "do" is similar to how we say "swim" instead of "swam" in the following question.
[#2235685] Did Tom swim? (CK) *audio*

Sentence #6115874 — belongs to CK
Did what Tom do make Mary angry?
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Pfirsichbaeumchen 17 days ago, edited 17 days ago link permalink

Maybe this pattern is an attempt to avoid repetition (“Did what Tom did....”), but it should be easy enough to find another wording that wouldn’t be ungrammatical (e.g. “Did Tom’s actions make Mary angry?” “Did Tom anger Mary by doing that?”). ☺

Sentence #6115874 — belongs to CK
Did what Tom do make Mary angry?
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PaulP 17 days ago link permalink

I googled a bit, as suggested ;-) and found some comments like "improper language" and even "a grammar “no-no”". Shouldn't these sentences be tagged with "improper language"?

Sentence #6115874 — belongs to CK
Did what Tom do make Mary angry?
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brauchinet 17 days ago, edited 17 days ago link permalink

Unfortunately, descriptive grammar doesn't provide explanations other than "this pattern is quite common, try a google search". We (non-natives) aren't used to this, we want rules.
It would be interesting to find a rule here. Is this really a tenseless verb form, as BRW says? Would "What Tom do made me angry" also work?

Sentence #6115874 — belongs to CK
Did what Tom do make Mary angry?
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deniko 17 days ago, edited 17 days ago link permalink

To me, the most confusing part of this sentence is this "do" in the middle.

Because it makes sense to parse it like this:

Did [that thing that Tom did] make Mary angry? = Did what Tom did make Mary angry? (or Did what Tom's done make Mary angry?)

Or

Did [that thing that Tom usually does] make Mary angry? = Did what Tom does make Mary angry?

But with "do" it just sounds off. It's like saying "Tom do things", dialectal.

I'd also appreciate if CK could explain it. Obviously, this structure looks very confusing to us, non-native speakers of English.

Sentence #6115874 — belongs to CK
Did what Tom do make Mary angry?
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Pfirsichbaeumchen 17 days ago, edited 17 days ago link permalink

@CK

What is this sentence supposed to mean? Is this slang?

Sentence #6968886 — belongs to CK
Does what Tom do make Mary angry?
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deniko 17 days ago link permalink

I think it was intended to be like that.

One of those confusing sentences similar to this one:

https://tatoeba.org/eng/sentences/show/6115874

Linking only because there's already a discussion there.

Sentence #6968886 — belongs to CK
Does what Tom do make Mary angry?
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carlosalberto 17 days ago link permalink

Editing needed.

What does Tom do to make Mary angry? [?]

Sentence #6968890 — belongs to CK
Did what Tom do help?
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carlosalberto 17 days ago, edited 17 days ago link permalink

Editing needed.

What did Tom do to help? [?]

Sentence #6430502 — belongs to CK
Tom hasn't died yet
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sabretou 17 days ago link permalink

This sentence requires a full stop.

Sentence #6115874 — belongs to CK
Did what Tom do make Mary angry?
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CK 18 days ago, edited 18 days ago link permalink

Search: "what Tom do"

https://tatoeba.org/eng/sentenc...rom=eng&to=und

Compare with....

Search: "what Tom does"
https://tatoeba.org/eng/sentenc...es%22&from=eng

(Note that this 2nd search gets some non-related patterns.)


Search: "what Tom did"
https://tatoeba.org/eng/sentenc...id%22&from=eng

Search: "what Tom has done"
https://tatoeba.org/eng/sentenc...rom=eng&to=und

Search: "what Tom is doing"
https://tatoeba.org/eng/sentenc...rom=eng&to=und

Sentence #6115874 — belongs to CK
Did what Tom do make Mary angry?
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CK 18 days ago link permalink

It's been corrected and now matches the audio.

Sentence #6115874 — belongs to CK
Did what Tom do make Mary angry?
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deniko 18 days ago link permalink

My attempt to parse this sentence, without "to":

Did what Tom do make Mary angry?

led me to something similar to what Raizin described above:

Did it make Mary angry?

Where "it" = "what Tom do"

Probably colloquialism, as "does" makes more sense to me here

Did [that thing that Tom does] make Mary angry?

The usage of "do" could be related to this:

https://english.stackexchange.c...mmatical-sense

But maybe I'm still on the garden path myself.

Sentence #6115874 — belongs to CK
Did what Tom do make Mary angry?
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brauchinet 18 days ago link permalink

I'm still on the wrong path.
Can someone explain it to me?

Sentence #6115874 — belongs to CK
Did what Tom do make Mary angry?
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deniko 18 days ago link permalink

What a garden path sentence!

Yeah, "to" should be removed to both match the audio and to make sense.

Sentence #6115874 — belongs to CK
Did what Tom do make Mary angry?
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sabretou 18 days ago link permalink

The audio (correctly) says "Did what Tom do make Mary angry?"

Suggest removing the 'to' from this sentence.

Sentence #252489 — belongs to CK
I spent the whole day in reading the novel.
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sabretou 18 days ago link permalink

The audio (correctly) says "I spent the whole day reading the novel."

Suggest editing out the 'in' in this sentence.

Sentence #6884763 — belongs to CK
Tom says he hasn't met any of Mary children.
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duran 18 days ago link permalink

Mary--->Mary's

Sentence #6663234 — belongs to CK
I'd be very upset if that happen.
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Pfirsichbaeumchen 18 days ago link permalink

happen → happened

Sentence #5916660 — belongs to CK
Tom is incredibly good-looking.
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CK 18 days ago link permalink

Related:

[#3442356] Tom is very good-looking. (CK) *audio*
[#3442353] Tom is extremely good-looking. (CK) *audio*
[#4664407] Tom is exceptionally good-looking. (CK) *audio*
[#4664103] Tom is extraordinarily good-looking. (CK) *audio*

Sentence #5916660 — belongs to CK
Tom is incredibly good-looking.
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CK 18 days ago link permalink

I'd suggest "good-looking".


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Sentence #2649044 — belongs to CK
Come on, you two.
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CK 19 days ago link permalink

Same pattern:

[#2236602] Come on, Tom. (Hybrid) *audio*



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Sentence #2649044 — belongs to CK
Come on, you two.
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Pfirsichbaeumchen 19 days ago link permalink

→ Come on, you two.


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Sentence #6902702 — belongs to CK
Tom is Mary brother, isn't he?
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duran 19 days ago link permalink

Mary-->Mary's

Sentence #6963288 — belongs to CK
I haven't seen Tom for ages.
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CK 20 days ago, edited 20 days ago link permalink

Related:

[#6951865] I haven't seen Tom for a very long time. (CK) *audio*

Sentence #6963040 — belongs to CK
Tom is working at a bank.
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CK 21 days ago link permalink

Related:

[#3922004] Tom works at a bank. (CK) *audio*

Sentence #2644386 — belongs to CK
Tom is on the third floor.
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raggione 21 days ago link permalink

You do that, deniko, because you are a considerate person.

But, regrettably, not everybody is.

Sentence #2644386 — belongs to CK
Tom is on the third floor.
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deniko 21 days ago link permalink

> It's not necessarily just who the speaker is, but where the speaker is.

True, but also who the speaker is talking to.

I live in the UK on the first floor, that's one above the ground floor. In Ukraine we'd refer to it as "the second floor".

When I speak Ukrainian, and I speak to my children, or to any local person, I'd still refer to it as the "first floor" in Ukrainian, because there's a big number 1 there, it feels like it doesn't make sense to refer to it as floor two.

If I talk to someone in Ukraine and they ask me what floor I live on, I'd refer to it as the second floor just because that will give them the right impression of the actual floor where my flat is located.

Sentence #2644386 — belongs to CK
Tom is on the third floor.
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raggione 21 days ago link permalink

Would he?

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