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    do you have any idea?

    Please, teachers, could you proofread these sentences?

    Do you have any idea how to get this problem fixed?
    Do you have any idea on getting this error corrected?
    Do you have any idea on/of how this problem came out/from?
    Do you have any idea of what you are doing?
    Do you have any/some idea on how to get to the station?

    Thank you very much

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    Re: do you have any idea?

    Try,

    Do you have any idea on how to solve this problem?
    Do you have any idea on how to correct this error?
    Do you have any idea on how this problem came about?
    Do you have any idea (of) what you are doing?
    Do you have any idea on how to get to the station?

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    Re: do you have any idea?

    please...

    What's the difference between them?
    Do you have any idea on how to solve this problem?
    Do you have any idea on how to get this problem solved?


    I am guessing a problem can't be fixed, but solved, on the other side, a tv or a stereo (or something like that) can be fixed. Am I right?

    Do you have any idea on how to correct this error?
    Do you have any idea on how to get this error corrected?


    Thank you very much

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    Re: do you have any idea?

    Do you have any idea on how to solve this problem?
    Do you have any idea how to solve this problem?

    The preposition is omitted. Compare :
    My ideas on how to solve this problem were adopted.


    Do you have any idea how to correct this error?
    DITTO
    My ideas on how to correct this error were adopted.

    Do you have any idea how this problem came about?
    DITTO
    My ideas as to how this problem came about...

    Do you have any idea what you are doing?
    DITTO

    Do you have any idea how to get to the station?
    DITTO
    .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. .
    Do you have any idea on how to correct this error?
    Do you have any idea on how to get this error corrected?


    Do you have any idea how to correct this error?
    Do you have any idea how to get this error corrected?


    The first sentence asks the person whether he has an idea/knows the way to rectify the situation himself.
    The second sentence is broadening this : does I]he[/I] have an idea/does he know the way to rectify the situation himself; OR does he know whom to call on, or/and any procedure that needs to be gone through.
    For example, you have interference affecting the picture on your TV. You ask the friend the first question, in case he knows which knob to twiddle to fix it. In the second sentence, you are asking, can you fix it for me, and if not, what do you suggest? (and then the friend might advise that there some anti-interference devise you need to buy and connect; or that you need a new aerial; or that it looks serious and you need to call a serviceman.)
    Last edited by David L.; 23-Jul-2008 at 19:16.

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    Re: do you have any idea?

    David, thank you very much. I understood, I guess the preposition 'on' can be omitted, or not. However I'd like to know whether there's a difference between...

    solve this problem
    get this problem solved.


    I will solve this problem - It means I will solve the problem on my own, by myself.
    I will have this problem solved - It means I will ask someone to solve the problem for/to me.
    I will get this problem solved - what does it mean?

    By the way... what's the difference between
    What does it mean?
    and What is that mean?

    Thank you a thousand!!!

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    Re: do you have any idea?

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    The first sentence asks the person whether he has an idea/knows the way to rectify the situation himself.
    The second sentence is broadening this : does he have an idea/does he know the way to rectify the situation himself; OR does he know whom to call on, or/and any procedure that needs to be gone through.
    For example, you have interference affecting the picture on your TV. You ask the friend the first question, in case he knows which knob to twiddle to fix it. Io the second sentence, you are asking, can you fix it for me, and if not, what do you suggest? (and then the friend might advise that there some anti-interference devise you need to buy and connect; or that you need a new aerial; or that it looks serious and you need to call a serviceman.)
    Ok, thank you

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    Re: do you have any idea?

    I was still working on my post when i think you read the first part.

    I do a partial answer and save, just in case of a power cut or computer crash, so I don't lose what I've done.
    I've added to my post and given you my ideas on these sentences.

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    Re: do you have any idea?

    I will solve this problem - It means I will solve the problem on my own, by myself.
    Correct

    I will have this problem solved - It means I will ask someone to solve the problem for/to me.
    The sentence as is, yes, that is the implication.
    compare:
    I will have this problem solved ready for tomorrow's meeting even if I have to stay up all night!

    I will get this problem solved - what does it mean?

    You write above, "I will have this problem solved". This is a very 'correct' way of expressing oneself, so 'correct' it sounds pompous(=affectedly and irritatingly grand, solemn, self-important ). Most people would say "I will get this problem solved" instead.

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    Re: do you have any idea?

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    I will get this problem solved - what does it mean?

    You write above, "I will have this problem solved". This is a very 'correct' way of expressing oneself, so 'correct' it sounds pompous(=affectedly and irritatingly grand, solemn, self-important ). Most people would say "I will get this problem solved" instead.
    Yes, thank you.

    I'm not sure, but as far as I am studying English, watching Tv program(mes), I noticed Americans usually say:

    Let's get this party started

    And Britons say

    Let's start this party.

    Does it make any sense or everybody use both sentences?

    Thank you!

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    Re: do you have any idea?

    I think there may have been more to the context.

    So : "Let's start this party with a toast to..."
    "Let's start this party by ..."
    "Let's start this party off with a bang by..."

    I can't imagine anyone in Britain saying just, "Let's start this party." ( Full Stop) unless it was from a TV soap, where all the characters as per usual were arguing and sniping at each other, and they were supposed to be all there for some occasion, and someone irately says, "Can we start this party!"

    Most people would say, "Let's get this party started" or "Let's party!"

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