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'refer friends to enroll' is this grammatically correct?

English Language & Usage Asked by Wirlfir on December 6, 2020

I was writing a paragraph for a friend and after finishing, I realized that it doesn’t sound quite right. I feel as though there are issues with the grammar.

For example :
‘refer friends to enroll’
– the ‘friends to enroll’ sounds particularly off even though logically it’s fine as it’s an infinitive verb following a noun.

If you are able to successfully refer friends to enroll in all our Loving Tree English Language courses, both parties will receive a $400 tuition fee waiver.
Not to mention, if enrollment in tutorial or preschool classes are successful , the second month tuition fee is half-price.

Many thanks

2 Answers

You can ask people to ‘refer friends to Loving Tree’

Or you could ‘invite them’ to enroll, but you can’t mix the two.

When you ‘refer somebody to something’ it is like referencing something in a library.

  • I refer you to section 3, birds and animals
  • I am referring to what you said yesterday

You refer someone to something (or someone)

You connect your friends to useful information. But, it is up to them to choose it, or not.

You can’t force people to reference their friends to you, like tickets in a library. You can only ask them to invite their friends to do so.

Also, you might clarify, the second month tuition fee is half-price for whom?

https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/refer-to

Answered by Jelila on December 6, 2020

No it is not correct.

"Refer to" something means either to direct someone to something, but then the 'something' should be a noun.

I referred the student to the department of education.

"Verb to verb" means you should do verb 1 in order to accomplish the second. Again not what you want to say.

The correct structure is tricky. I would suggest:

If you refer students to the school, and they enroll in a class, then both parties...

Answered by DJClayworth on December 6, 2020

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