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antimatter's avatar

How to say something?

Asked by antimatter (4229 points ) March 9th, 2013

I have to write an easy and I don’t know how to express myself.
I started the sentence “It’s pointless to listen but if you are not a action taker than you are wasting your time”
Do you think there is a better sentence to express what I am trying to say is that when some one tells you something and you take no action it’s pointless.

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gailcalled's avatar

The two halves of the sentence have no connection.

Why is it ever pointless to listen?

Listening and acting are different forms of behavior.

So, sorry, I do not understand your thesis.

rebbel's avatar

I can’t help you with suggesting a better, or another, sentence, but I can suggest, before you deliver your text, to use a spellchecker.
It is essay, and ”...not an action taker…”.

glacial's avatar

@gailcalled is right; the two halves of the sentence don’t connect. I think what you are trying to say is that listening without taking action is pointless. Regardless of whether I agree with that premise (I don’t), you haven’t expressed it with this sentence. Your sentence is saying the following:

1. Listening is pointless.
2. The kind of person you are (an action taker or not an action taker) determines whether you are wasting your time.

So, first – connect the pointlessness to the thing that you think is pointless.
Then – connect wasting your time to something that is done, not just who the person is.

I would rewrite your sentence as “If you do not take action, then you are wasting your time. Listening without action is pointless.”

Also, note the corrections @rebbel gave, and the change from “than you are wasting” (incorrect) to “then you are wasting” (correct).

antimatter's avatar

True I rewrote it, “when you are listening to advise and you don’t take action, it’s pointless to listen to the advice giver.”
Does that sound better @rebbel, @gailcalled and @glacial?
Thanks for your help…

gailcalled's avatar

@antimatter; Do you believe that you always have to take action in order to listen to advice?

Perhaps sometimes you don’t. ’

That may be a way to approach this.

When to act and when not to after having received advice?

antimatter's avatar

What I am trying to say is that I should act more on advise and not ignoring it.
That is what I am trying to say in my essay…

antimatter's avatar

What I am trying to say is that I should take action when given advice and not ignoring it.
That sounds right?

glacial's avatar

Ok, with this new information, I guess what you are trying to say is, “It is pointless for me to ask for advice if I am not prepared to act on it.”

Does that sound better to you? Now the thing that is pointless is the asking, and there is a context for action or lack of action.

Also, note that “advice” is a noun, and “advise” is a verb.

antimatter's avatar

Thank you @glacial that’s what I tried to say!
Still learning the English!

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gondwanalon's avatar

Don’t try to figure out what someone else might say. Think about what you want to say and then say it your own way.

kitszu's avatar

The best advice, fallen on deaf ears, has no meaning.

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