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Hi

Are these OK?

(Husband to wife)

I want you to dress up very well for tonight.

I want you to put on your best make-up tonight.

Thanks,

Tom

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The grammar is OK, but in our times the whole scenario is fraught with angst in the culture of the West.

CJ

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CalifJim

the whole scenario is fraught with angst in the culture of the West.

CJ

Thanks!

Could you please explain this?

Tom

I would prefer that a woman explain it.

It has to do with any man giving orders to a woman, especially regarding her personal dress and grooming. In the given scenario it suggests to some that the woman is not an equal partner, but just one of the man's possessions — an accessory in his life to be used to impress others in his social circle.

CJ