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not too greasy

Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 12:21 am
by navi
Are these sentences correct:

1) He likes his food not too greasy.

2) He wants his food not too greasy.

3) He likes his steak well-done and not greasy.

4) He wants his steak well-done and not greasy.


I think '3' and '4' work.

Normally one would say 'He DOESN'T WANT his food greasy.
But here we have to start with 'want' and I don't see any other way to express the idea succinctly.

'1' and '2' are more problematic. I would personally use 'He doesn't want/like his food too greasy.' But I am not convinced that '1' and '2' are incorrect.

There is another problem. If I am not mistaken Nowadays young people seem to have developed a tendency to say things like 'He is so not busy.' One could write that as 'He is so not-busy'.

Bobinwales has asked me to give my viewpoint on the sentences I asked about so that it would become clear that I was not doing homework here. That is why I presented my viewpoint.

Gratefully,
Navi.