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"It is safer to stay on the train than attempting to get off"

(13 Posts)
MissPenteuth Tue 26-Jul-11 09:21:40

This is on the "in case of emergency" sticker on tube trains in London. It has always bugged me.

Surely it should be "Staying on the train is safer than attempting to get off" or "It is safer to stay on the train than to attempt to get off", not some mangled combination of the two??

Kikithecat Tue 26-Jul-11 17:13:59

Quite right!

As the only other person on PedCorn at the moment I must offer my support.

What do you think of "the thing is, is..."???

nickelbabe Tue 26-Jul-11 17:18:02

yes, you're right - to stay on should be with to attempt.
and staying should be with attempting.

tethersend Tue 26-Jul-11 17:24:05

Oh, the litany of public transport offences.

"If you are violent against our staff [...]" ironically, makes me want to be violent towards their staff.

prism Tue 26-Jul-11 22:07:47

It is, let's face it, a health and safety issue. A card-carrying pedant could be trapped on a crashed train, contemplating the misuse of a gerund. Not sure how the tabloids would report it, but mark my words, it's an accident waiting to happen...

PrettyCandles Tue 26-Jul-11 22:13:06

Argh - likewise.

I asked 10yo ds what was wrong with the sign, and he spotted it at once.

BilboBag Tue 14-May-13 00:20:36

I must be a member of the nitwit class, as I continue to struggle with what is wrong with this sentence. Surely, even attempting to get off a train (we can envisage various wild but unsuccessful grapplings) may compromise one's safety?

Monty27 Tue 14-May-13 00:39:23

I think it just needs an 'it' at the end. confused

K8Middleton Tue 14-May-13 00:48:32

"get off"? "alight" is the correct term.

BilboBag Tue 14-May-13 07:36:11

"get off"? "alight" is the correct term.

Who sez?

HorryIsUpduffed Tue 14-May-13 07:38:57

It is inelegant but comprehensible.

Unmatched lists are a bugbear of mine though. "He liked swimming, chocolate éclairs, and to poke pigeons with sticks."


ThreeBeeOneGee Tue 14-May-13 07:42:50

The combination of 'staying' / 'to attempt' isn't ideal, but I've seen far worse.

ThreeBeeOneGee Tue 14-May-13 07:43:32

Or even 'to stay' / 'attempting'! smile

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