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EnLearner

Senior Member
Spanish
Hello

Could you please let me know which one is more natural and makes sense to you?

"The next generation may complain to us not paying attention to the historic places."

"The next generation may complain about the historic places that we have not paid attention to"

or ...

Thanks
 
  • PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    "The next generation may complain about our not paying attention to the historic places."

    You complain about something.
    You should not use 'the' with 'historic places' as it is 'historic places' in general.
     

    grubble

    Senior Member
    British English
    I think you mean

    The next generation may complain about our not having paid attention to historic places.

    However that sounds a little stilted, I would say:

    The next generation may complain that we didn't pay enough attention to historic places.

    EDIT - I see that PaulQ and I agree.
     

    EnLearner

    Senior Member
    Spanish
    Cant we say "complain to somebody" as well?

    "They may complain to us not paying attention to historic places."
     
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