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  1. HannibalBarca
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    Question of logic

    I was just wondering something, if you have none of something then is the first one the "next" one.
    For example if you have no children is the first one classed as the "next" one, I saw this particular phrase on a facebook profile and it didn't seem wholly adequate to me.

    The exact phrase was "If you have none, the first one is the next one" surely next implies something real that preceded it?

    Regards.

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    Re: Question of logic

    Quote Originally Posted by HannibalBarca View Post
    I was just wondering something, if you have none of something then is the first one the "next" one.
    For example if you have no children is the first one classed as the "next" one, I saw this particular phrase on a facebook profile and it didn't seem wholly adequate to me.

    The exact phrase was "If you have none, the first one is the next one" surely next implies something real that preceded it?

    Regards.
    You're right. "Next" is generally not used in this way.
    For another example, doctors don't turn up for work in the morning and say "Next" to call in their first patient.
    (In fact, doctors generally don't do this at all, but that's a different issue).

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