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hello everybody,

Please , could you tell me if the prepositions and verbs following them are used correctly?

1. Dostoyevski sentenced to be shot , but a last minute reprieve saved him from meeting such an ignominious end.
2. How keen the 17th century Spanish gentleman was to protect his good name?
3. She was not enthusiastic about marring a man so much older than herself, though her parents tried to coerce her into doing so.

thank you
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Hello Yogi

I'm a mere learner. But as I find your question remains unanswered, please allow me to answer it. I think your sentences are good except #1 where you made a mistake.

Dostoyevski was sentenced to be shot, but a last minute reprieve saved him from such an ignominious end.
*) 'Sentence' is always a transitive verb.
*) I feel 'saved him from meeting such an ignominious end' is an expression rather redundant.

paco
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Hi Paco,

Thanks for your comment. I also think that it should be "was sentenced" , the problem is that what I've got in my book is:

Dostoyevski sentenced (be) shot , but a last minute reprieve saved him (meet) such an ignominious end.

and, what I'm suppose to do is put the verbs in brackets into the infinitive or gerund adding prepositions when necessary, so maybe "was" is missing but the second part should be at least acceptable.