kis2337 posted:

a. The purpose of the chores should not be getting an allowance.
b. The chores should not be the purpose of getting an allowance.

Are they both correct?
If so, which is more natural?

Hi, Kis,

Neither sentence is good, but (b) is much worse than (a), because it makes no sense. However, if you added "for" between "be" and "the purpose," (b) would be at least be tolerable, like (a). Then you'd have two bad but tolerable sentences:

(b1) The chores should not be for the purpose of getting an allowance.

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