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    How nuances would be different if I say;
    a. we devide patients by the doctor
    b. We devide patients by doctors


    I know "a" is corrent, but if I say b. and c, how would it change the meaning, or are they completely wrong?
    a. I went there by taxi
    b. I went there by a taxi

    What is the diference betwen;
    a. I am going to do it next week
    b. I am going to do it the next week

    appreciate your advise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pocokk View Post
    How nuances would be different if I say;
    1.
    a. we devide patients by the doctor
    b. We devide patients by doctors


    2.
    I know "a" is corrent, but if I say b. and c, how would it change the meaning, or are they completely wrong?
    a. I went there by taxi
    b. I went there by a taxi

    3.
    What is the diference betwen;
    a. I am going to do it next week
    b. I am going to do it the next week

    appreciate your advise.
    1. Not meaningful. Depending on your intended meaning, you will need either

    We divide the patients according to the doctor.

    (referring to a method of classification)

    or

    We divide the patients among the doctors.

    (referring to a method of distribution).

    2. b is not English: by-phrases denoting means of transport are invariable. You could, however, say

    I went there in a taxi.

    3. b is unidiomatic, verging on unacceptable: for nondeictic reference, 'next' normally changes to 'the following':

    --> I am going to do it the following week.

    (meaning 'the week after the week to which reference has been made').

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