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What is wrong with this sentence?
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he left his sister to cry.
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A grammar book says that the above should be changed to

He left his siter crying.

But, i think both are right. What is right?
Thank you.
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They are both right. The meanings are different

He left his sister crying--His sister was crying and he just walked away and let her continue crying

He left his sister to cry--He was with his sister and he left her so that he could cry (he didn't want her to see??)
Hi,
First, let's look at an easier example. Both of these are OK, but with different meanings.

He left his sister to cook dinner. She had to cook dinner, but she hadn't started when he left her.
He left his sister cooking dinner. She had started cooking dinner when he left.

What is wrong with this sentence? Both of these are OK, but with different meanings.

he left his sister to cry. She had to cry, but she hadn't started when he left.
A grammar book says that the above should be changed to

He left his sister crying.She was crying when he left.

In addition, 'he left' can mean 'he went away', or just 'he did not help her'.
eg He left his sister to cook dinner' can mean 'He sat at the table and watched her but did not help her to cook the dinner'.
eg He left his sister to cry' can mean 'He did not help her with her crying' (perhaps he didn't comfort her, or offer her a kleenex).

Best wishes, Clive
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He left his sister to cook dinner can also mean that he left his sister so that he could go and cook dinner.
CJ
I agree with CJ.
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He left his sister to cook dinner can also mean that he left his sister so that he could go and cook dinner

Is there a way to remove the ambiguity?
He left his sister so she may/might cook dinner
He left his sister so he may/might cook dinner
Thanks, MH.
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