On your studies / on studying

Simo Ita

Senior Member
Italian
Hi there,

Can you please check that all my second sentence is grammatically correct?

Is it better to express "on your studies" or "on studying"?

Explain how important it's for you to have some time off as soon as you get home after school to them (your parents). This will also make it more likely that you'll be able to concentrate better on your studies / on studying later on.

Thanks in advance.
 
  • The Newt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    I would say it this way (simplifying the second sentence):

    Explain to them how important it is for you to have some time off as soon as you get home from school. This will also make it more likely that you'll be able to concentrate on studying.
     

    Simo Ita

    Senior Member
    Italian
    I would say it this way (simplifying the second sentence):

    Explain to them how important it is for you to have some time off as soon as you get home from school. This will also make it more likely that you'll be able to concentrate on studying.

    Thanks a lot for your reply The Newt.

    Just a couple of other questions:

    - is it possible to use the structure: explain to sb sth (explain to them how...)? The only structure I meant possible with explain was: explain sth to sb (explain how important... to them);

    - how can I express the idea that he'll be more concentrated after a break in my sentence?
    " This will also make it more likely that you'll be able to concentrate on studying later on / later during the day / after your break / none of the previous options".

    Thanks a lot!
     

    Simo Ita

    Senior Member
    Italian
    Thanks a lot for your reply The Newt.

    Just a couple of other questions:

    - is it possible to use the structure: explain to sb sth (explain to them how...)? The only structure I meant possible with explain was: explain sth to sb (explain how important... to them);

    - how can I express the idea that he'll be more concentrated after a break in my sentence?
    " This will also make it more likely that you'll be able to concentrate on studying later on / later during the day / after your break / none of the previous options".

    Thanks a lot!

    The Newt,

    Can you please let me know about these two questions as well whenever you can?

    Thank you.
     

    Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    The answer to the question about word-order is: keep things close together which relate logically to each other.

    In the sentence: Explain how important it's for you to have some time off as soon as you get home after school to them you have placed "after school" and "to them" close to each other; but there is no logical connection. Altering it to "Explain to them how important..." puts the explaining and the parents close together, where they belong.

    There are other word-orders which would do equally well, such as my preferred:
    As soon as you get home from school, explain to them how important it is for you to have some time off.
    If that is what you meant, of course.
     

    Simo Ita

    Senior Member
    Italian
    The answer to the question about word-order is: keep things close together which relate logically to each other.

    In the sentence: Explain how important it's for you to have some time off as soon as you get home after school to them you have placed "after school" and "to them" close to each other; but there is no logical connection. Altering it to "Explain to them how important..." puts the explaining and the parents close together, where they belong.

    There are other word-orders which would do equally well, such as my preferred:
    As soon as you get home from school, explain to them how important it is for you to have some time off.
    If that is what you meant, of course.

    So, if I correctly understood what you meant, this sentence is grammatically and logically speaking correct:

    Explain TO THEM how important it is for you to have some time off as soon as you get home from school.

    Last but not least, which word(s) (if any) is the most appropriate one for my second sentence?

    This will also make it more likely that you'll be able to concentrate on studying LATER ON / LATER DURING THE DAY / AFTER YOUR BREAK / NONE OF THE PREVIOUS OPTIONS.

    Thanks a lot.
     
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