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    Default with not much private life not love

    [...]
    Mr Osakawa is a notorious Japanese businessman with not much private life not love.
    He was extremely ambituous when he was young and let work dominate his life. He hand no time for his private life and his marriage was as good as arranged. Although he now has wife and children, he hardly spends any time with them and is not sure if he really loves his wife.
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    (Sample script from a CPE practice paper)

    (Examiner comments: minimal error.)

    Does the sentence make any sense to you? It doesn't make sense to me. I would have written, '. . . . without much private life and love."

    What do you think?

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    Default Re: with not much private life not love

    I'm not sure what it is trying to say, but your re-write is plausible.

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    Default Re: with not much private life not love

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I'm not sure what it is trying to say, but your re-write is plausible.
    Thanks. I've added a few more sentences. They may shed some more light on this matter.

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    Default Re: with not much private life not love

    Maybe the second "not" is supposed to be a "nor"?

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    Default Re: with not much private life not love

    So you're saying that ". . . . . with not much private life nor love" is acceptable? So if we compare,

    1. ". . . . . with not much private life nor love"
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    ". . . . . without much private life and love."

    which one do you prefer?


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