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grammar mamas!!

Posted by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 11:30 PM
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answer this!

which would be correct?

The cat likes to be pet.

The cat likes to be petted.

or something else?

lol.

please help, I feel like a dumbass!

by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 11:30 PM
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JustMe0326
by Platinum Member on Jun. 27, 2010 at 11:31 PM

 The cat likes to be petted. I think...

sarasloveable
by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 11:32 PM
The cat likes to be petted or the cat likes being petted
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.Mad.Hatter.
by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 11:32 PM

So totally been a long day. They both just sounded so wrong to me and I couldn't decide which was right!

i.heart.rachel
by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 11:33 PM

The cat likes when you pet him.

Duh.

;)

.Mad.Hatter.
by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 11:34 PM

lol, look I am hugging myself now.... I hate that damned charm button

 

lol @ Iheartrachel. perfect answer!

.thickie.thick.
by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 11:34 PM
Lol that's what I said. Easier then having to figure which is correct.

Quoting i.heart.rachel:

The cat likes when you pet him.


Duh.


;)

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beadingmom17
by Rachel on Jun. 27, 2010 at 11:34 PM

 You could always go with "The cat likes affection" :)

.Mad.Hatter.
by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 11:36 PM

hah! petted!

My family and I have been having an argument. My grandson says, ‘The cat likes to be pet.’ I say, ‘The cat likes to be petted.’ Which is correct?”

 

Dear L.: Your question goes straight to the heart of a basic rule of our language. The rule is: Today’s grandparents know more about correct English than their grandchildren do. Not only are they more likely to have been taught that it’s important to speak and write well, but they’re more likely to have been taught how to do it. I don’t mean that grandparents are always right. But young people should assume they are, absent evidence to the contrary. In this case, the evidence is all on your side. Dictionaries, under the verb “pet,” give the form “petted.” If that isn’t a hint, I don’t know what is.

Now, would you like to be magnanimous and try to keep your grandson from feeling like a ninny? (Because you wrote me instead of just correcting him, I assume he’s old enough that this description could potentially apply.) Perfectly good sentences like “The money was bet,” “The apartment was let” and “The table was set” do seem to suggest that “The cat was pet” might be right. If it were, “The cat likes to be pet” would be too. But there also are counterexamples, such as “The thief was abetted” and “The fish was netted.” It wouldn’t be absurd for the past participle of “pet” to be “pet.” The only thing is, it’s not.

luvmyguys
by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 11:37 PM
I think petted..but I'm not sure either lol
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CAMKsMom
by on Jun. 27, 2010 at 11:37 PM

The poor kitty....He just wants someone to pet him and here we are just sitting here chatting away lol :-P

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