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Natalie Dawn
Which one is better? (Looking at the kid and his innocent face, he paused..) He couldn't bring himself to swing the sword at him. He didn't/ couldn't have the heart to swing the sword at him. He couldn't stand his swinging the sword at him.
2. Juni 2013 04:38
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Either the first or the second are fine, but you need to use "didn't" in the second one. "couldn't have the heart" is incorrect. The third sentence is awkward. It would be better to say: "He couldn't stand swinging the sword at him." You don't need the word "his". But also, the third sentence is a bit different. In that case, he has already started swinging the sword. And he can't stand the fact that he is swinging the sword. He thinks he shouldn't be doing it. But he already is. Do you understand? In the first two, he hasn't started swinging yet, but in the third, he HAS started.
2. Juni 2013
Of these options, I think two are acceptable: "He couldn't bring himself to swing the sword at him." This sounds like he wanted to swing the sword, but his mind kept telling him not to do it. "He didn't have the heart to swing the sword at him." This sounds like he wanted to swing the sword, but he didn't have enough courage to do it.
2. Juni 2013
Natalie Dawn
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English
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English