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    Default have a question yourself

    Hi,

    'They have three questions themselves.'

    I know why it is used here, but I want to find out more of its usage.

    Could somebody reply with a comment to this example, and write some other?

    Thanks,
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    Default Re: have a question yourself

    Why is it being used there? What's the wider context?

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    Default Re: have a question yourself

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Why is it being used there? What's the wider context?
    'They have three quite complex questions themselves!'

    That's it, the whole sentence. It will be helpful if someone reformulate it.

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    Default Re: have a question yourself

    I think the situation is where you have some questions, but "they" have some questions as well. So "they, themselves, also have questions." Or "They have questions themselves."

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    Default Re: have a question yourself

    Quote Originally Posted by joeoct View Post
    'They have three quite complex questions themselves!'

    That's it, the whole sentence. It will be helpful if someone reformulate it.
    It does not need re-formulating - it is correct and natural English. However, it would be easier to explain the meaning if you did as Tdol suggested and gave the wider context - perhaps the previous sentence or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I think the situation is where you have some questions, but "they" have some questions as well. So "they, themselves, also have questions." Or "They have questions themselves."
    It works. The italic part was needed to explain it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    It does not need re-formulating - it is correct and natural English. However, it would be easier to explain the meaning if you did as Tdol suggested and gave the wider context - perhaps the previous sentence or two.
    SoothingDave guessed the context - we have questions, but they do have too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeoct View Post
    SoothingDave guessed the context - we have questions, but they do have too.
    Fine, but people who answer questions should not have to guess. In future, please give sufficient context.
    Last edited by 5jj; 23-Jun-2011 at 17:33. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: have a question yourself

    I thought it was enough. OK.

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    Default Re: have a question yourself

    Quote Originally Posted by joeoct View Post
    I thought it was enough. OK.
    If you want help with a question it's important to post all the context you have. This is not a forum for guessing games.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 24-Jun-2011 at 08:34. Reason: punctuation problem

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