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    Different from most (of the girls) I know?

    Hello everyone:

    Hello everyone:
    Is it correct to say that “you are different from most girls I know” refers to a mass of girls whereas “you are different from most of the girls I know” refers to a very limited number of girls”

    as in:

    Most doctors make a lot of money.

    Most of the doctors don't make half as much as a civil engineer.

    Thanks

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    #2

    Re: Different from most (of the girls) I know?

    In both cases, the choice is optional.

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    Re: Different from most (of the girls) I know?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In both cases, the choice is optional.
    Then what about the difference between " most of " and "most" in the following examples:

    a. Most doctors make a lot of money.

    b.Most of the doctors don't make half as much as a civil engineer.

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    Re: Different from most (of the girls) I know?

    No differrence, unless a specific group of doctors had been discussed prior to the statement. In that case, a. would be speaking about doctors in general and b. would be talking about a specifically indentified group of doctors.

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    Re: Different from most (of the girls) I know?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    No differrence, unless a specific group of doctors had been discussed prior to the statement. In that case, a. would be speaking about doctors in general and b. would be talking about a specifically indentified group of doctors.

    Sorry I forgot to insert "I know" in (b)

    (b)Most of the doctors I know don't make half as much as a civil engineer.

    (A) is a general statement about all doctors
    (B) refers to a specific group of doctors

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    Re: Different from most (of the girls) I know?

    In that case, B would refer to a specific group of doctors.

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    Re: Different from most (of the girls) I know?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In that case, B would refer to a specific group of doctors.
    Thanks

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    Re: Different from most (of the girls) I know?

    High on grammar, instead of sending your thanks in a separate message and quoting our replies back to us, just click the Like button, please.

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