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1-If you push any of these buttons a type of drink will flow out of the machine.
2-If you push any of these buttons a different type of drink will flow out of the machine.
I think '2' makes it clear that to each button corresponds a particular kind of drink. In '1' that is not really that clear since it leaves open the possibilty that the same kind of drink will be obtained by pushing any button. But can't one use '1' instead of '2' ?
Thank you very much Bhiasahab,
They have this kind of machine in a lot of fast food restaurants. There are different buttons, or levers, and each corresponds to a particular kind of drink. You push any button and a particular kind of drink flows out of the machine.
Maybe the idea is not expressed clearly in my original sentences.
not a teacher
This is one way of saying it clearly.
"Each button, when pushed, causes a different type of drink to flow from the machine".
Last edited by JMurray; 29-Aug-2013 at 16:48.
Maybe it's BrE, but it could suggest a lack of control over the liquid coming out- it sounds bizarre to me too.
not a teacher
Clearly I don't consider it bizarre either, but if I were talking informally to someone about the machine, I wouldn't put it that way. It would be something more succinct like "Each button gives you a different type of drink", the rest is obvious. I don't know the intended context of the OP's example so I just tried to offer something with a similar tone.
Last edited by JMurray; 30-Aug-2013 at 02:24.