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re: Quick point: just on the grammar...
Posted by: BroadwayTonyJ 04:41 pm EDT 04/01/21
In reply to: re: Quick point: just on the grammar... - Michael_Portantiere 03:43 pm EDT 04/01/21

It's a very awkward sentence to which my high school English teacher would have surely objected.

The phrase "to let a woman in" should actually be "to let a woman into".

The phrase "willing for a dentist to be drilling" makes absolutely no sense. An individual can not be "willing for" a dentist to do anything -- one can be "willing to have" or "willing to let" a dentist do something like drill or pull a tooth. I think the best way to have a grammatically correct sentence is to rephrase it like this: "I'd be equally willing to have a dentist drill than to let a woman into my life" or "I'd be equally willing to let a dentist drill than to have a woman in my life."

Years ago, an ATC poster tried to rewrite Lerner's lyric. What he came up with was so stilted, it made Lerner's grammatical error much preferable.
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