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1. If a guest desires no further coffee, the host should not insist.
2. If a guest doesn't desire any more coffee, the host should not insist.
Are both 1 and 2 acceptable to you?
Yes, but it sounds a bit stiff and formal. I would change 'desire' to 'want'.
If a guest doesn't want any more coffee...
But why would anyone want to force coffee down anyone's throat?
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Bob in Wales
Erik_Kowal wrote:Yes, but it sounds a bit stiff and formal. I would change 'desire' to 'want'.
Ah, yes, I fully agree with that.
Thanks a lot, everyone.