agreed <that the matter (should) /for the matter to> be discussed

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Yoshihiro

Member
Japanese
Could you tell me which is more natural and what is the difference between 1. and 2. ?
1.They agreed that the matter (should) be discussed at a later meeting.
2.They agreed for the matter to be discussed at a later meeting.
 
  • Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    Number 1. is correct. Except in formal minutes of a meeting, British speakers would insert the 'should'; Americans may not.

    Number 2. is incorrect; 'agree' isn't followed by 'for'.

    It can, however, be followed by to + verb + -ing: They agreed to the matter being discussed at a later meeting.
     

    Yoshihiro

    Member
    Japanese
    Thank you, Keith. Then what about the following case?
    1.Her father consented to Sue marring him.
    2.Her father consented for Sue to marry him.
     
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