be on the receiving end of his anger

Discussion in 'English Only' started by High on grammar, Dec 7, 2018 at 12:18 AM.

  1. High on grammar Senior Member

    Farsi

    Hello everyone:

    I understand that the most common way of saying that you would not wish someone to be involved in a conversation with an angry person is (a), but I was just wondering if the other sentences I have suggested would also be possible/accepted.


    a. You don’t want to be on the receiving end of his anger.

    b. I wouldn’t wish his anger on you.

    c. I wouldn’t wish you to be on the receiving end of his anger.

    d. I wouldn’t wish you his anger.

    e. May you not be on the receiving end of his anger.


    Thanks
     
  2. lingobingo

    lingobingo Senior Member

    London
    English - England
    d is wrong, and e sounds like a prayer! Otherwise they’re okay, but the original is the most idiomatic.
     
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2018 at 1:58 AM
  3. bennymix

    bennymix Senior Member

    Ontario, Canada. I grew up in US.
    English (American).
    c. is passable, but the 'would' is a bit odd.
     
  4. SimonTsai Senior Member

    Taiwanese Mandarin
    Does 'won't' instead of 'don't' work?
     
  5. bennymix

    bennymix Senior Member

    Ontario, Canada. I grew up in US.
    English (American).
    'won't' is a bit odd, but 'wouldn't' is passable for a.
     

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