Native English Language speakers --W10 install Question

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  1. jimbo45's Avatar
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       #1

    Native English Language speakers --W10 install Question


    Hi there

    On install I got message "Please don't turn off Computer" Should it really be "Please don't turn Computer Off".

    Might be pedantic to a lot but I really like proper English.

    Any ideas here -- or should I just go back to sleep !!!!!.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  2. Edwin's Avatar
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    Windows 10
       #2

    jimbo45 said:
    Hi there

    On install I got message "Please don't turn off Computer" Should it really be "Please don't turn Computer Off".

    Might be pedantic to a lot but I really like proper English.

    Any ideas here -- or should I just go back to sleep !!!!!.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    I think neither are correct; the phrase should include the word the, which would be a conjunction or modifier, (not quite sure!)

    It's like one of those truncated phrases: 'No parking here to corner'
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  3. Posts : 264
    Windows 10
       #3

    Edwin said:
    I think neither are correct; the phrase should include the word the, which would be a conjunction or modifier, (not quite sure!)

    It's like one of those truncated phrases: 'No parking here to corner'
    or "your"...
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  4. SoFine409's Avatar
    Posts : 1,283
    Win10 Pro
       #4

    jimbo45 said:
    Hi there

    On install I got message "Please don't turn off Computer" Should it really be "Please don't turn Computer Off".

    Might be pedantic to a lot but I really like proper English.

    Any ideas here -- or should I just go back to sleep !!!!!.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Hi jimbo45,
    My wife was a language major and she says that strictly speaking the first sentence is preferred. “Turn off” is the verb and putting it at the end of the sentence would be splitting the infinitive and therefore not good form. The Chicago Manual of Style.Org is a handy reference if you don’t have access to the book. I think they offer a free trial membership.
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  5. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (20H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #5

    I don't know why they didn't stick to 'Please wait while your computer shuts down'....

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    Though I did have fun modifying the .bmp for the following screen to say 'never' instead of 'now'. Surprising how long it took some people to notice

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  6. bobkn's Avatar
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    Win 10 X64 Pro 20H2 19042.685
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    Edwin said:
    I think neither are correct; the phrase should include the word the, which would be a conjunction or modifier, (not quite sure!)

    It's like one of those truncated phrases: 'No parking here to corner'
    Article. (Had to check to be sure; my grammar is weak.)
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  7. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #7

    This poorly-educated non-native English speaker often refers to dictionaries.
    "turn something off"—quoted from LONGMAN.

    To my knowledge, the symbol " " denotes that "something" can be put either before or after the preposition "off".
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  8. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #8

    bobkn said:
    Article. (Had to check to be sure; my grammar is weak.)
    "The" is the definite article. For details, see Definite Article | What is the Definite Article?
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  9. AddRAM's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #9

    Ya the word "The" should be in there.

    But does it really matter ?

    Both things say the same thing.

    But windows is so polite and funny sometimes, so it could say, Please don`t turn YOUR computer off
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  10. Matthew Wai's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #10

    The computer does not necessarily belong to the one looking at the screen.
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