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    strong to fight

    Are these sentences correct and does 3 mean what I think it means:

    1-He felt he was strong to fight.
    (He felt he was strong and therefore could fight.)

    2-He was strong to manage to carry that suitcase.
    (The fact that he carried that suitcase shows that he is strong.)


    3-He was quick to draw his gun.
    I think this means that he drew his gun immediately on a specific occasion. It does not mean he was in general quick at drawing his gun.

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    Re: strong to fight

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Are these sentences correct and does 3 mean what I think it means:

    1-He felt he was strong to fight.
    (He felt he was strong and therefore could fight.)

    2-He was strong to manage to carry that suitcase.
    (The fact that he carried that suitcase shows that he is strong.)


    3-He was quick to draw his gun.
    I think this means that he drew his gun immediately on a specific occasion. It does not mean he was in general quick at drawing his gun.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    1. The sentence is strange as worded. It would work if you added "enough" after "strong".

    2. This one is even stranger. Again I would add "enough" after "strong". I would also eliminate "to manage".

    3. Without context, it is difficult to say what this means. We know that, on at least one occasion, he drew his gun quickly.

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    Re: strong to fight

    Thank you very much Mike for all your replies.

    My problem with 3 is that in theory it could be interpreted in two ways
    a-He drew his gun without delay (perhaps even hastily).

    b-He drew his gun fast. The movement was fast.

    When I say:
    I was quick to reply.

    That means I replied without delay. It does not mean I spoke fast while I was replying. I think 3 corresponds to 'a' and not to 'b'. But maybe I am splitting hairs here.

    It is possible that different people understand the sentence in different ways.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    Re: strong to fight

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Thank you very much Mike for all your replies.

    My problem with 3 is that in theory it could be interpreted in two ways
    a-He drew his gun without delay (perhaps even hastily).

    b-He drew his gun fast. The movement was fast.

    When I say:
    I was quick to reply.

    That means I replied without delay. It does not mean I spoke fast while I was replying. I think 3 corresponds to 'a' and not to 'b'. But maybe I am splitting hairs here.

    It is possible that different people understand the sentence in different ways.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    I agree that 3 could be interpreted as a criticism of drawing his gun prematurely.

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    Re: strong to fight

    But 3 is the most natural of the sentences.

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