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    loysten8 Guest

    Question shoot/shoot at

    shoot:
    I shoot the pheasants on the farmer's land.

    shoot at:
    I shoot at the pheasants on the farmers'land.

    with the use of "at", it means what difference from the one without "at"?

    by the way, "I knows everything about computer" sounds natural? or "all about computer"

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    Re: shoot/shoot at

    If you shoot "at" something, you may or may not hit it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: shoot/shoot at

    Quote Originally Posted by loysten8 View Post
    shoot:
    I shoot the pheasants on the farmer's land.

    shoot at:
    I shoot at the pheasants on the farmers'land.

    with the use of "at", it means what difference from the one without "at"?

    by the way, "I knows everything about computer" sounds natural? or "all about computer"
    As Barb explained, "to shoot at" doesn't necessarily mean you were successful. "I shoot pheasants......" would suggest that you actually did hit/kill them.

    "I've been shot" and "I've been shot at" would have two very different meanings!

    Your second question - I'm sure it was a simply typing error when you typed "I knows" instead of "I know"! In my opinion, a better sentence would be "I know everything about computers".

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