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    it/that

    1-She kissed me and I liked that.
    2-She kissed me and I liked it.

    Which of the above sentences means:
    a-I liked the kiss itself; the sensation it gave me.
    b-I liked her act of kissing me, the gesture and not the sensation (I thought she did the appropriate thing).

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    Re: it/that

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    1-She kissed me and I liked that.
    2-She kissed me and I liked it.

    Which of the above sentences means:
    a-I liked the kiss itself; the sensation it gave me.
    b-I liked her act of kissing me, the gesture and not the sensation (I thought she did the appropriate thing).
    You are putting too much on those sentences. You are giving them too much work to do. Only context will supply the nuance that is missing there. Otherwise, the reader has to supply his own context.

    • She kissed me and I liked it. I was glad she kissed me.


    • She kissed me and I liked it. It was a wonderful kiss.


    :)

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    Looking at them cold, without further context, I'd say 1=b and 2=a. I agree with Ron's rather lovely phrase anout giving them too much work. I think 2=a is fairly straightfoward, but the other is strained. An easy way around it, IMO, might be to say 'She gave me a kiss, which was nice of her', or something like that, or follow Ron's examples.

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    I see the second one as the more likely sentence. I think the first one would be better as: "She kissed me, and I liked it that she kissed me." Or, more simply: "She kissed me. I liked it."

    (I fixed the problem with the previous posting. It's much better now, don't you think?)

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