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Which word fits the sentence properly? Giving parents a week off from their...

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papertissue | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 26, 2009 at 2:56 PM via web

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Which word fits the sentence properly?

Giving parents a week off from their responsibilities FOR their disabled children is gratifying

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Giving parents a week off from their responsibilities OVER their disabled children is gratifying

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jseligmann | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted November 26, 2009 at 3:26 PM (Answer #1)

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One is responsible for something not over something. You wouldn't say, "I'm responsible over making dinner tonight." You'd say, "I'm responsible for making dinner tonight."

Sometimes when you're confused about the best word to use in a sentence, just simplify the sentence, like in the example above. Make the sentence say something that is common to you, a thing you might say or do yourself. That can alleviate a lot of confusion.

So, the correct sentence is, "Giving parents a week off from their responsibilities FOR their disabled children is gratifying."

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marilynn07 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted November 26, 2009 at 10:43 PM (Answer #2)

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Hi there, just a few extra thoughts on taking a week off.

As an example: "I will take a week off from work this week." not

"I will take a week off for work this week."  If I take a week off for work I am making an arrangement to accomplish work.  If I take a week off from work, I am making time for rest and relaxation.

"My responsibilities for my parents are overwhelming."

"I will take a week off from my responsibilities for my disabled child."  is correct but complicted.

By way of proofreading, I will suggest that you read your work out loud and to another person who is unfamiliar with your topic. Ask them what they think you meant by what you wrote, if they give you back the same idea, then you are communicating well using the written word. If the listener indicates confusion or gives you back a totally different though than what you intended, then you will need to revise and rewrite your sentence.

When we speak, we have the benefit of facial expression and gestures to help us communicate. When we write, we are totally dependent on the written language to do all the communicating for us.

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 29, 2009 at 12:30 AM (Answer #3)

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Like the other posts state the correct word is "for." The best way to use preposition properly is:

1. Remember that in other western languages that certain words have a certain preposition with which they are attached, which is memorized!

2. Because English, is much like these languages, the best way to master prepositions is to memorize the usages. You can get this information in standard grammar books and look up preposition. Even a quick look will help greatly in this area.

3. Another way to help with prepositions is to change up the sentence in your head and see if the preposition that you are using makes sense. Sometimes context makes all the difference.

Good luck.

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