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    Default make sure it is not in....

    Which are correct:

    1-I don't have to find the cat to leave the house. I just make sure he is not in certain rooms, close the doors of those rooms, and leave.

    2-I don't have to find the cat to leave the house. I just make sure he is not in a certain number of rooms, close the doors of those rooms, and leave.

    3-I don't have to find the cat to leave the house. I just make sure he is not in some rooms, close the doors of those rooms, and leave.


    I think '1' is the best and '3' the worst. I am not sure '3' is wrong though.


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    Default Re: make sure it is not in....

    #1 and #3 sound fine to me. #2 does not sound very natural.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: make sure it is not in....

    All are intelligible and correct, but I think 1- is by far the most natural and best. If the intended meaning is that there are certain rooms you do not want the cat to occupy while you are out, 1- expresses that most clearly.

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    Default Re: make sure it is not in....

    He could be hiding in one of the rooms you do​n't want him in. You'd be well advised to ascertain his whereabouts before leaving the house.
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