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    Consider this sentence:
    Every day, he comes here in his company's big car.


    Does this mean that the company has only one big car?
    Does this mean that he always comes here in the same car?

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    Hello navi t,

    Quote Originally Posted by navi t
    Does this mean that the company has only one big car?
    I don't think so. I think, that he has one of many big company's cars.

    Quote Originally Posted by navi t
    Does this mean that he always comes here in the same car?
    Every day an other company car?
    I don't think that he get everyday an other company car. I think that he comes always in the same car. But he will get a new car all few years


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    Quote Originally Posted by navi t
    Consider this sentence:
    Every day, he comes here in his company's big car.


    Does this mean that the company has only one big car?
    Does this mean that he always comes here in the same car?
    It means the company lets him use a car that either belongs to the company or is leased by the comapny so he can keep his own car in the garage. Many companies do that, especially if the job involves being on the road a lot. From your sentence we can't really tell if the company is a car manufactorer itself.

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    Thanks Marylin,
    I didn't mean to ask whether the company manufactured cars or not.
    I wanted to know whether one could use that sentence if the company has more than one big car and whether one could use that sentence if the company hasn't given him one car but the right to use their cars and he takes a different car every day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Thanks Marylin,
    I didn't mean to ask whether the company manufactured cars or not.
    I wanted to know whether one could use that sentence if the company has more than one big car and whether one could use that sentence if the company hasn't given him one car but the right to use their cars and he takes a different car every day.
    Every day, he comes here in his company's big car.

    The sentence doesn't really get into it. It could be one car or he could have more cars at his disposal to use whenever he wants to...From practical point of view, I would assume it's the same car every day but that's my guess.

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    To me, it sounds as if the company has a number of cars, but only one big one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi t
    Consider this sentence:
    1. Every day, he comes here in his company's big car.
    To me, the word 'big' stands out. It could mean, flashy (i.e., excessive wealth) or over-sized (i.e., too big to park).

    That the car is a symbol of excessive wealth does not imply the company has more than one car. You see, the company could be "his" own company, and maybe that's the only company car he has. Added interpretations require context.

    Quote Originally Posted by navi t
    I wanted to know whether one could use that sentence if

    A) the company has more than one big car
    B) if the company hasn't given him one car but the right to use their cars
    C) he takes a different car every day.
    Sentence 1. does not imply A), B) or C).

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    Thanks Cas,
    Sentence 1 doesn't imply A), B) or C). I agree with you entirely. But does it imply the converse of A, B and C? Does it imply that A, B and C are impossible?

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    Re:
    Every day, he comes here in his company's big car.
    The word big says to me that it is the only big car that company owns. Also, it is one and only one car.


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    Thanks RonBee.

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