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1.'desire to learn about ....'
or 'desire to learn of ....'
2. also can i start a sentece with 'to this end...' for e.g.
'It is important to maintain a proper weight. To this end, the health consious person may choose to partake a variety of activities such as...'
I basically want the correctness of to this end, the rest of the text has just been give to make my q clearer.
3. can i write: 'it was the then p.m. of india who....', to denote a prime minister of a particular period?
4.I have been wrestling with this dilemma... I'll giv an example:
For patients coming for just a regular check up, it offers a chance for you to get in touch with your body.
I know the sentence is stupid, but my point is, can i change the 3rd person patients, to 'you' in the second clause? I'd like to know whether it's good grammar, not just colloquially acceptable.
Thanks for all the help everyones offered me.I've just started writing, and grammar and style are my tormentors.I guess i'll be asking many more q's in the future as well.
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Hi,

1.'desire to learn about ..' To get information about something

or 'desire to learn of ..' Sometimes focuses on learning about something for the first time, learning whether or not something exists. eg He was fifteen before he first learned of his father's criminal record.

2. also can i start a sentece with 'to this end...' for Yes e.g.

'It is important to maintain a proper weight. To this end, the health consious person may choose to partake a variety of activities such as...'

I basically want the correctness of to this end, the rest of the text has just been give to make my q clearer.

3. can i write: 'it was the then p.m. of india who....', to denote a prime minister of a particular period? Yes.

My advice is to be careful about capital letters in everythng you write.

4.I have been wrestling with this dilemma... I'll giv an example:

For patients coming for just a regular check up, it offers a chance for you to get in touch with your body.

I know the sentence is stupid, but my point is, can i change the 3rd person patients, to 'you' in the second clause? I'd like to know whether it's good grammar, not just colloquially acceptable. I wouldn't say it's completely wrong, but third-person is much, much better.

Thanks for all the help everyones offered me.I've just started writing, and grammar and style are my tormentors.I guess i'll be asking many more q's in the future as well. OK Emotion: smile

Best wishes, Clive

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4.I have been wrestling with this dilemma... I'll giv an example:
For patients coming for just a regular check up, it offers a chance for you to get in touch with your body.
I know the sentence is stupid, but my point is, can i change the 3rd person patients, to 'you' in the second clause? I'd like to know whether it's good grammar, not just colloquially acceptable. I wouldn't say it's completely wrong, but third-person is much, much better.

so if you were an editor, would you reject an article with this usage?
Hi,

4.I have been wrestling with this dilemma... I'll giv an example:

For patients coming for just a regular check up, it offers a chance for you to get in touch with your body.

I know the sentence is stupid, but my point is, can i change the 3rd person patients, to 'you' in the second clause? I'd like to know whether it's good grammar, not just colloquially acceptable. I wouldn't say it's completely wrong, but third-person is much, much better.

so if you were an editor, would you reject an article with this usage? Yes, I'd suggest a change to the writer because , in such a context, I'd expect more careful and formal wording.

Clive