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    Which is correct?

    I have the two sentences. They are "I have something like this." and "I have like this." Which is correct for formal English?

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    Re: Which is correct?

    "I have something like this" meaning that you have something similar to somebody else, is ok

    "I have like this" does not make any sense in English - Is not correct

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    Re: Which is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by whitemoon View Post
    I have [the] two sentences.

    You don't need the 'the' here, whitemoon. In fact it sounds unnatural.

    I have two sentences. [in general] The two sentences were ... [they've become specific and this is noted by 'the']
    nnnnnnnnnnnnn

    Admistration: Could you tell me if there's any way to reply within the quoted area and post without having to add, as I've done [OR as I did] in this case with n's.
    Last edited by riverkid; 24-Aug-2006 at 22:38.

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    Re: Which is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by missnmiller View Post
    "I have something like this" meaning that you have something similar to somebody else, is ok

    "I have like this" does not make any sense in English - Is not correct

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    Thank you,missnmiller.
    I'd like to give you an example.
    Suppose that there is a hat on a table. That's not mine.But I have a hat similar to the hat on the table. I want to say about that to my friend.
    "I have a hat like this."
    "I have something like this."
    "I have like this."
    Out of these three sentences, which is correct in English Language usage?

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    Re: Which is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    nnnnnnnnnnnnn

    Admistration: Could you tell me if there's any way to reply within the quoted area and post without having to add, as I've done [OR as I did] in this case with n's.
    Thank you,rivekid.
    I accept it. But you've said that I have two sentences.{in general} The two sentences were....
    Why didn't you use "are"?

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    Re: Which is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by whitemoon View Post
    Thank you,riverkid.

    You're welcome.

    I accept it. But you've said that I have two sentences.{in general} The two sentences were....
    Why didn't you use "are"?
    'were' is possible.

    "I have two sentences [in my notebook which I left at school]. They were ... .

    But you've made a good point. 'are' could certainly have been used and it may well be that it would be more common.

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    Re: Which is correct?

    I have a hat like this. This is the most accurate way to say this.
    I have something like this. This is really too vague. It could mean you have something of that color, shape, etc.
    I have like this. This is ungrammatical English. Have is a transitive verb and requires a direct object.

    I have one like this. This is how we normally say what you are trying to say.

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