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    #1

    won't be handed everything...

    a. You are not going to be handed everything. You have to earn it.

    I think this is good English, but what does "it" stand for?
    "Everything"?
    Or "having everything"? Or "being handed everything"?

    Thank you.

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    Re: won't be handed everything...

    Quote Originally Posted by azz View Post
    a. You are not going to be handed everything. You have to earn it.

    I think this is good English, but what does "it" stand for?
    "Everything"?
    Or "having everything"? Or "being handed everything"?

    Thank you.
    You have to earn everything (you are handed).

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    Re: won't be handed everything...

    A more common phrase (idiom) is "You won't be handed everything on a plate."
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: won't be handed everything...

    Well, if you will not be handed everything, you will be handed some things! And you must earn those things you are not handed.

    But maybe in this case 'you won't be handed everything' actually means 'you will be handed nothing'. In any case, it seems that 'it' refers back to 'everything'.

    Many thanks.

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    Re: won't be handed everything...

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    A more common phrase (idiom) is "You won't be handed everything on a plate."
    "On a silver platter" here.

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    Re: won't be handed everything...

    Quote Originally Posted by azz View Post
    But maybe in this case 'you won't be handed everything' actually means 'you will be handed nothing'.
    No!
    You won't be handed anything = You will be handed nothing.
    You won't be handed everything = There are some things that you will not be handed.
    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: won't be handed everything...

    Many thanks to all of you!

    a. You are not going to be handed everything. You have to earn it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    No!
    You won't be handed anything = You will be handed nothing.
    You won't be handed everything = There are some things that you will not be handed.

    That was my problem with this sentence. If you will be handed some thing, then you will only have to earn the other things!

    b. You are not going to be handed everything, You have to earn some things.
    makes sense to me.

    c-You are not going to be handed anything. You have to earn everything.
    also makes sense.

    The original does not make sense to me. It is not logical although it sounds fine.

    Thanks.

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