Posted by Shooter on September 06, 2004
In Reply to: WHich one below is right? posted by Whichwitch on September 06, 2004
: Farmers are likely to shoot any dogs "on sight".
: Farmers are liely to shoot "on sight " any dog.
: Does the latter one make sense?
: pleas let me know
your second one would avoid what I understand is called 'splitting the infinitive' but the first is actually what somebody is much more likely to say eg. come round here boy, and I'll shoot you on sight.
I think 'shoot on sight' was a military command that has got into the mainstream - like "Fire At Will!" - poor sweet William...