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re: I think the ideal correction would be . . .
Posted by: Michael_Portantiere 11:10 am EDT 04/02/21
In reply to: re: I think the ideal correction would be . . . - keikekaze 04:16 pm EDT 04/01/21

"I'd be every bit as willing for a dentist to be drilling as to ever let a woman in my life." This solves the redundancy and the as/than problem without altering the rhyme, the rhythm, or the meaning. The split infinitive, to me, is inconsequential--everybody does it from time to time--even grammarians--in agitated speech as opposed to careful writing.

Believe it or not, I once came up with that same correction of the lyrics, and I do agree if it's a good job if one doesn't mind the split infinitive. (Another poster here would still object to "willing for," but I'm not entirely sure that's an error.)
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