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    I would like to ask native speakers of English the following things, which are parts of a story.

    A water bearer carried the water in tow pots that hung on either end of a pole balanced across his shoulders from a spring to his master. One of the pots had a crack in it; the other pot was perfect.
    Every day the water bearer delivered one full and one half-full measure of water.

    I know the meaning but can’t understand the grammatical relation of “one full“ and ”one half-full measure of water.” Are they “one which was full“ and ”one which was half-full measure of water?”

    Thank you very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Progress View Post
    I would like to ask native speakers of English the following things, which are parts of a story.

    A water bearer carried the water in tow pots that hung on either end of a pole balanced across his shoulders from a spring to his master. One of the pots had a crack in it; the other pot was perfect.
    Every day the water bearer delivered one full and one half-full measure of water.

    I know the meaning but can’t understand the grammatical relation of “one full“ and ”one half-full measure of water.” Are they “one which was full“ and ”one which was half-full measure of water?”

    Thank you very much.
    Well the pot with the crack in it could not be filled with water since to would leak out until it reached the bottom of the crack.

    In this case a "full measure of water" is defined by a "full pot of water"

    So the perfect pot had a full measure and the cracked pot apparently had one half of a full measure of water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naamplao View Post
    Well the pot with the crack in it could not be filled with water since to would leak out until it reached the bottom of the crack.

    In this case a "full measure of water" is defined by a "full pot of water"

    So the perfect pot had a full measure and the cracked pot apparently had one half of a full measure of water.
    Nicely done, Naamplao! You offer both English and Industrial Engineering in your response! I am truly impressed!

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    Thank you very much, Naamplao.

    I know the meaning. But is the sentence gramatically incorrect?

    Every day the water bearer delivered one full and one half-full measure of water.
    one /full, full is an adjective. So one was full. one /half-full measure of water. One was half-full measure of water.

    So I asked, every day the water bearer delivered one which was full and one which was half-full measure of water.

    kindly you taught me, the perfect pot had a full measure and the cracked pot apparently had one half of a full measure of water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Progress View Post
    Thank you very much, Naamplao.

    I know the meaning. But is the sentence gramatically incorrect?

    Every day the water bearer delivered one full and one half-full measure of water.
    one /full, full is an adjective. So one was full. one /half-full measure of water. One was half-full measure of water.

    So I asked, every day the water bearer delivered one which was full and one which was half-full measure of water.

    kindly you taught me, the perfect pot had a full measure and the cracked pot apparently had one half of a full measure of water.
    There was no problem with the grammar of the sentence.

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    So, does one in one full mean a?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Progress View Post
    So, does one in one full mean a?
    In this sentence they mean the same

    Every day the water bearer delivered one full and one half-full measure of water.

    Every day the water bearer delivered a full and a half-full measure of water.

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    Thank you very much, Naamplao. I see

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