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    Hello
    I'd like to know if I can rewrite the part of " say so" in #1 to #2~5.

    #1 An honest man would not say so.

    #2 An honest man would not say such a thing.
    #3 An honest man would not say that.
    #4 An honest man would not say like that.
    #5 An honest man would not say such a way.

    I'd be happy to know if they are correct.
    Thank you.
    Lina

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    I am not sure I understand your question. However, #4 should be "An honest man would not say it like that" and #5 should be "An honest man would not say such a way."

    :)

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    The meaning you want from 1 is rather old fashioned. It is more likely to mean 'would not agree to that'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    I am not sure I understand your question. However, #4 should be "An honest man would not say it like that" and #5 should be "An honest man would not say such a way."

    :)
    #5 should be " An honest man would not say in such a way."
    :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lina
    Hello
    I'd like to know if I can rewrite the part of " say so" in #1 to #2~5.

    #1 An honest man would not say so.

    #2 An honest man would not say such a thing.
    #3 An honest man would not say that.
    #4 An honest man would not say like that.
    #5 An honest man would not say such a way.

    I'd be happy to know if they are correct.
    Thank you.
    Lina
    # 2 and #3 are fine. In #1, "so" refers back to another statement.

    A: John said he changes invoices because it is the right thig to do.
    B: An honest man would not say so.

    #4 and #5 are incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by henry
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    I am not sure I understand your question. However, #4 should be "An honest man would not say it like that" and #5 should be "An honest man would not say such a way."

    :)
    #5 should be " An honest man would not say in such a way."
    :wink:
    That doesn't work for me. There needs to be an object after "say".

    An honest man would not say xxxx in such a way. (insert that or something else)

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    I meant to say: "An honest man would not say it in such a way."

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    I meant to say: "An honest man would not say it in such a way."
    I know that it was a typo for you. I didn't want Henry to get it wrong. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    I meant to say: "An honest man would not say it in such a way."
    I know that it was a typo for you. I didn't want Henry to get it wrong. :wink:
    Thanks Mike NY
    :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by henry
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    I meant to say: "An honest man would not say it in such a way."
    I know that it was a typo for you. I didn't want Henry to get it wrong. :wink:
    Thanks Mike NY
    :D
    You're welcome, Henry. :D

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