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    Are these sentences correct:
    1-He let me see the film in exchange for my coat.
    2-He let me see the film for my coat.
    3-For what did he let you see the film?
    4-What did he let you see the film for?
    [Could this ever mean the same as 3? Normally of-course it means why did he let you see the film?]

    5-I saw the film in exchange for my coat.
    6-I saw the film for my coat.
    7-What did you see the film for?

    8-He let me the see the film for one dollar.
    9-For how much did he let you see the film?
    10-For how much did you see the film?
    11-How much did you see the film for?


    I have to apologize for this one being so long, but as all these sentences are related, I thought it would be easier to put them together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Are these sentences correct:
    1-He let me see the film in exchange for my coat. Yes
    2-He let me see the film for my coat. Ambiguous
    3-For what did he let you see the film? Unlikely- it sounds like surprise
    4-What did he let you see the film for? It sounds as if you're asking 'why' not'how much' It's not an obvious question as we usually pay cash for film
    [Could this ever mean the same as 3? Normally of-course it means why did he let you see the film?]

    5-I saw the film in exchange for my coat. Yes, but watched would be better
    6-I saw the film for my coat. It sounds as if you're doing the coat a favour
    7-What did you see the film for? Why, again

    8-He let me the see the film for one dollar. Yes
    9-For how much did he let you see the film? Yes (ish)
    10-For how much did you see the film? Dodgy
    11-How much did you see the film for? The best

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    Thanks TDOL. Your answers are as usual to the point.
    Just one more question: You say:
    3-For what did he let you see the film? Unlikely- it sounds like surprise

    What do you mean exactly? That I am surprised that he let you see the film and I wonder what he received in order to do so?

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    It would mean 'why', which makes it a strange question.

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    Got it (finally)...
    Thanks TDOL.

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