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    #1

    other way around

    Dear friends...

    Could you proofread these sentences?

    It could be the other way around.
    It could be other ways around.
    It could be many other ways around.


    Thank you.


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    Re: other way around

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Dear friends...

    Could you proofread these sentences?

    It could be the other way around.
    It could be other ways around.
    It could be many other ways around.

    Thank you.
    Just use the first one. The phrase "the other way around" isn't really flexible.

    Yes, it could be the other way around. Portuguese could be the language for international communication, and then I'd be at an online Portuguese forum. Or maybe Spanish could have ended up being the language for international communciation, and I'd be looking for a "green card" in Mexico. Yes, it could be the other way around.

    It's possible to say "there could be other ways around this", but then "other ways around" takes on a different meaning.

    a way around "something" - a way to avoid doing something - a way to get out of doing something

    You mean you have to pay $100.00 for just a parking ticket! I've never heard of that. There's got to be a way around it. (there's gotta be a way around it - colloquial and very usual pronunciation - you will not sound "bad" or uneducated if you say "gotta" at the right time in the right place, which is most of the time)

    Last edited by PROESL; 02-Sep-2009 at 03:09.

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