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    Hello,

    I am wondering which sentence is correct:

    (1) Is there such example where cats are green?

    (2) Is there a such eample where cats are green?

    (3) Is there such an example where cats are green?

    "cats" (the plural form) is used by purpose.

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    Default Re: "a such example" or "such example"

    No.

    Is there an example of green cats?
    Is there an example of cats being green?

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    Default Re: "a such example" or "such example"

    Zorank, it's "on purpose", not "by purpose".

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    Default Re: "a such example" or "such example"

    Are the sentences that I suggest completely wrong, half right, or just bad style? For example, why is the first sentence wrong?

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    Default Re: "a such example" or "such example"

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Zorank, it's "on purpose", not "by purpose".
    Many thanks! Noted and rememberd!

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    Default Re: "a such example" or "such example"

    Quote Originally Posted by zorank View Post
    Are the sentences that I suggest completely wrong, half right, or just bad style? For example, why is the first sentence wrong?
    Is there such example where cats are green?


    Basically because it bears no resemblance to a possible English sentence.
    Last edited by 5jj; 30-Sep-2011 at 19:19. Reason: typo

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Is there such example where cats are green?


    Baically because it bears no resemblance to a possible English sentence.
    Yes, but why? It has a subject, verb, a right order at that. What could be possibly wrong?

    Hmmmm... perhaps

    "Is there such example where a cat is green?"

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    Default Re: "a such example" or "such example"

    Quote Originally Posted by zorank View Post
    Hmmmm... perhaps

    "Is there such example where a cat is green?"
    No, not really. If anything, it would be "an example", but it's still awkward.

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    Default Re: "a such example" or "such example"

    Quote Originally Posted by zorank View Post
    Yes, but why? It has a subject, verb, a right order at that. What could be possibly wrong?
    You're just a little too obvious. Go away and practise, and come back in a couple of months. We normally get more subtle ones in this forum.

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    Default Re: "a such example" or "such example"

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    You're just a little too obvious. Go away and practise, and come back in a couple of months. We normally get more subtle ones in this forum.
    Actually, I would also like to know why these sentences sound awkward. I agree with zorank that

    Is there such an example where a cat is green?

    employs correct syntax. It is also understandable but there's something wrong with it. I think this is what. The sentence looks as if the speaker thought there was a class of entities called "examples" and were asking whether some of them were examples of a green cat. But this is not how we understand examples. Nothing is an example by itself. Things can be used as examples.

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