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    Post Will you take it two ways?

    Dear friends,

    I would like to know whether the following sentence is ambiguous to you or if it is a good one:

    "Do you have more toys than your brother?'

    Thank you!

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    Re: Will you take it two ways?

    I can't see anything ambiguous about it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Will you take it two ways?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I can't see anything ambiguous about it.
    "Do you have more toys than your brother?'

    Can I possibly answer it, for example, I have three brothers but I I've only got two toys, as 'No, I have more brothers than toys'?

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    Re: Will you take it two ways?

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    "Do you have more toys than your brother?'

    Can I possibly answer it, for example, I have three brothers but I I've only got two toys, as 'No, I have more brothers than toys'?

    The questions asks you to compare the number of toys that you have with the number of toys that your brother has. If you have 4 toys, and your brother has 3, then you have more toys than your brother.

    Your answer makes sense only if the question was "Do you have more toys than you have brothers".

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    Re: Will you take it two ways?

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    The questions asks you to compare the number of toys that you have with the number of toys that your brother has. If you have 4 toys, and your brother has 3, then you have more toys than your brother.

    Your answer makes sense only if the question was "Do you have more toys than you have brothers".
    "Do you have more toys than your brother?'

    Can we ask that question this way: "Do you have more toys than your brother does?"

    Is adding does redundant or it makes the sentence clearer?

    Thank you!

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    Re: Will you take it two ways?

    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    "Do you have more toys than your brother?'

    Can we ask that question this way: "Do you have more toys than your brother does?"

    Is adding does redundant or it makes the sentence clearer?

    Thank you!
    You can add it if you want but the sentence is already perfectly clear. There's no ambiguity in it.

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    Thank you!

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    Re: Will you take it two ways?

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    Your answer makes sense only if the question was "Do you have more toys than you have brothers".
    Or Do you have more toys than brothers?

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