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    to rate with somebody as

    Hey again,

    what do you make of the following?

    "How do I rate with you as a surgeon?"

    Is this the same as asking "How do you rate me as a surgeon?" ?

    Does the fact that the inquirer puts himself first make "with" necessary?


    Thanks.

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    Re: to rate with somebody as

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    How do I rate with you as a surgeon? - Tell me how good of a surgeon do you think that I am.
    How do I rate you as a surgeon - What method should I use to determine how good of a surgeon you are?
    Thank you.

    So "How do you rate me as a surgeon?" is ambiguous?

    1) What method do you use to tell how good of a surgeon I am?
    2) How good do you think I am as a surgeon?


    Would 1) be still grammatically correct if I dropped the "of" in "good of a surgeon"?

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    Re: to rate with somebody as

    Hmm, so

    How do I rate you as a surgeon - What method should I use to determine how good of a surgeon you are?
    means what it means, because it's the only way it makes sense, and

    "How do you rate me as a surgeon?" can never mean "What method would you use to determine how good of a surgeon I am?" ?

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    Re: to rate with somebody as

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    Be careful of words like "never." How do you rate the speed of an automobile? By a speedometer, by comparing graphs illustrating the speed, by asking someone?

    How do you rate me has a number of interpertations -
    #1. Am I a good surgeon (How do you feel about my skills)
    #2. Am I being compared to other surgeons on a predefined chart (What method are you employing to determine if I am a good surgeon)
    #3. Are you asking previous patients that I operated on (What method are you employing to determine if I am a good surgeon)
    Yeah, that's what I meant by "ambiguous" or is it not the right word for this particular situation?

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