Same pattern but different answers?


How can I thank you all enough, and here are some strange sentences to me. Could you take a look at them?


1) If I don't sleep now, I could miscarry.


2) If you don't love me, I could kill myself.


Most native English speakers say #1 is grammartically correct and it sounds okay but #2 is wrong, But to me, the pattern of the both are the same and they sound okay. Is there a reason you feel some wrongness in grammar in #2?


Thank you so much as always in advance.

asked Aug 31 '12 at 02:21 Hans Contributor

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Patty's answer is excellent.


What her answer shows us is that structure alone does not tell us whether the statement feels right or wrong. We must take the meaning of the words in combination with it structure. We reject sentences when the meaning is illogical or implausible even if the words are structured correctly.


Native speakers hear the meaning before we recognize the structure. Often ESL students will recognize the structure before they hear the meaning. At times, this causes the ESL student confusion.

link answered Aug 31 '12 at 03:53 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

Thank you both. I am so lucky and happy that I know you here.

HansAug 31 '12 at 05:28

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