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Language Questions / Re: not everyone
« Last post by Darryl on July 14, 2018, 09:38:32 am »
They all sound like you are willing to have an invasion of people in your room. If you only want one you would have to state that.

I am willing to share my room with someone, but not just anyone.
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Language Questions / Re: can't buy many
« Last post by Darryl on July 14, 2018, 09:36:19 am »
1 and 2 are unnatural. It sounds like you would like to own a whole bunch of cars.  You would be more likely to hear
There are many cars I can't afford.

3 and 4 are OK, but you could replace 'many things' with 'much'.
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Language Questions / can't buy many
« Last post by navi on July 14, 2018, 09:29:16 am »
Can one use:
1) I can't buy many cars.
2) I can't buy a lot of cars.

instead of:
A) There are a lot of cars I can't buy.


Let us say I want to buy a single car. I could say 'A', but could I say '1' or '2'?

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Can one use:
3) I can't remember many things from that night.
4 I can't remember a lot of things from that night.


instead of:
B) There are a lot of things from that night I can't remember.
(Maybe there are a lot of other things I can remember.)

I think '1' and '2' don't work with that meaning, but '3' and '4' could mean 'B'. That is my feeling, but it doesn't seem logical.
 
Gratefully,
Navi
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Language Questions / Re: if you don't know
« Last post by Darryl on July 14, 2018, 09:27:49 am »
Yes, they work.
You don't really need 'the answer' in #2 as that is understood.
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Language Questions / Re: ---- talk a little French
« Last post by Darryl on July 14, 2018, 09:25:39 am »
Well, you could read into that what you will, but I think she's saying that on his next visit he may receive some 'special favours' .
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Language Questions / ---- talk a little French
« Last post by t k on July 14, 2018, 05:01:09 am »
How about one on the house?

Aw, now, honey, you know what Eddie would do if he found us girls givin' it away.

He dresses quickly, feeling her arm on his shoulder. I'm sorry, Red, listen, you come up next time, and I'll talk a little French to you, just between you and me, okay?
  (from The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)

Please explain "talk a little French.  Thanks.  --- tk
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Language Questions / Re: if you don't know
« Last post by navi on July 13, 2018, 07:23:16 pm »
Thank you very much, Darryl,

I see your point. I just wanted to know if 'know' could be used that way.

Would you say these work:

2) I can't answer a question if I don't know.
3) I can't answer a question if I don't know the answer.
4) I won't answer a question if I am not sure.

My problem with '2' is that it doesn't seem clear what I am supposed to know.


Gratefully,
Navi
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Language Questions / Re: if you don't know
« Last post by Darryl on July 13, 2018, 11:58:37 am »
I depends what the question is.
Seems an odd statement though how could you reply to a question if you don't know?
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Language Questions / if you don't know
« Last post by navi on July 13, 2018, 08:47:50 am »
Are these sentences correct:
1) Do not reply to this question if you don't know.

I think it has to be 'if you don't know the answer' or 'if you are not sure'.

Gratefully,
Navi
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Language Questions / not everyone
« Last post by navi on July 13, 2018, 06:55:08 am »
Which are correct:

1) I can share my room with a lot of people, but not everyone.

2) I can share my room with a lot of people, but not anyone.
3) I can share my room with a lot of people, but not just anyone.


I am going to have one roommate. I can be roommates with a lot of people, but there are people I won't be able to share my room with.

Gratefully,
Navi
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