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    Dear teachers,

    Please read the following sentence:

    There were a number of professors at the meeting, few of whom I had ever heard of.

    This sentence means I had heard almost none of them. Am I right?

    Another question is we can't use 'some' and 'many' with 'ever'. Am I right?
    For example, I can't say 'There were a number of professors at the meeting, some of whom I had ever heard of'. The reason is that 'ever' should be used in interrogative or negative sentences while some can be used in positive and interrogative sentences. Am I right?

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Have a nice weekend.

    Jiang

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    Dear teachers,

    Please read the following sentence:

    There were a number of professors at the meeting, few of whom I had ever heard of.

    This sentence means I had heard almost none of them. Am I right?
    No, unless you left out the word "of" by mistake. "To hear someone" is to hear that person speak. "To hear of someone" is to be aware of that person's existence/reputation/contributions. Your sentence would have been correct if you had written, "I had heard of almost none of them."

    Another question is we can't use 'some' and 'many' with 'ever'. Am I right?
    For example, I can't say 'There were a number of professors at the meeting, some of whom I had ever heard of'. The reason is that 'ever' should be used in interrogative or negative sentences while some can be used in positive and interrogative sentences. Am I right?
    Yes, you are mostly correct. You could say, "There were a number of professors at the meeting, only some of whom I had ever heard of."

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    :D
    Thank you very much for your explanation and correction. Now I understand them perfectly.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    Dear teachers,

    Please read the following sentence:

    There were a number of professors at the meeting, few of whom I had ever heard of.

    This sentence means I had heard almost none of them. Am I right?
    No, unless you left out the word "of" by mistake. "To hear someone" is to hear that person speak. "To hear of someone" is to be aware of that person's existence/reputation/contributions. Your sentence would have been correct if you had written, "I had heard of almost none of them."

    Another question is we can't use 'some' and 'many' with 'ever'. Am I right?
    For example, I can't say 'There were a number of professors at the meeting, some of whom I had ever heard of'. The reason is that 'ever' should be used in interrogative or negative sentences while some can be used in positive and interrogative sentences. Am I right?
    Yes, you are mostly correct. You could say, "There were a number of professors at the meeting, only some of whom I had ever heard of."

    :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    :D
    Thank you very much for your explanation and correction. Now I understand them perfectly.

    Jiang
    You're very welcome, Jiang. :wink:

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