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    #11

    Thumbs up Re: Which one is correct?

    Thank you for your answer.


    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Hmm. Good point. I would tell you the truth about this..
    Please, do! :) I would greatly appreciate if you shared your thoughts.


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    "you can't handle the truth!"


    "I think I'm entitled!" (Please, have some time for fools. )

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    #12

    Re: Which one is correct?

    But (and it seems a little contradiction ) we would say "I have no time for fools"/"I don't have time (without "the") for fools", though it conveys the meaning that I might have plenty of time otherwise, but not for fools. So would it make any difference if I said "I don't have the time for fools"?

    (Please, have some time for fools. )
    OK, just this once.
    You can also say:
    1. "I don't have money for new dresses", "I have no money for new dresses". But if you change the wording as follows, you have to include "the":
    2. "I can't afford new dresses, because I don't have the money."
    (If you left out "the" in 2. it would mean you have no money - because "money" is not qualified by anything. But "money" is qualified in 1. by "for new dresses".)

    3. "I have no time for fools.", "I don't have time for fools."
    Similarly to 2. "time" doesn't need qualification by "the" because it's qualified by "for fools".

    You can add "the". Eg. "I don't have the money for new dresses",
    "I don't have the time for fools",
    but it's not necessary.

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    #13

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ~Mav~ View Post
    (Please, have some time for fools. )
    OK, just this once.
    Thank you very much!

    Now it's clear. Crystal clear, to be more precise...

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    #14

    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by 羡鱼-Xianyu View Post
    Hello, Raymott. Thank you for your useful help. Now I've got it, but I still have some troubles with definite and indefinite article. Would you mind giving me further help, please?

    Could tell me what are the differences between these following sentences?
    1)The refrigerators are useful during hot summer.
    2) The refrigerator is useful during hot summer.
    3) Refrigerators are useful during hot summer.
    4) A refrigerator is useful during hot summer.

    A)The definite article is sometimes used for objects and phenomena which have singular existence..eg the sun the moon etc..not the star.
    b)The definite article is also used with musical instruments..eg the piano
    c)The definite article could also be used for specifics...eg the river(a particular one in question)
    d)The definite article is also used with acronyms which cannot be appelled ie pronounced as a name.eg the English Premier League(epl) The BBC etc.Note:Acronyms that can be pronounced are treated like proper nouns..eg He was the president of NATO
    e)The definite article is also,sometimes,used with objects or things which serve purposes slightly more important than those they are conventionally designed to.eg The blanket may prove a reliable companion in a lonely desert.
    With regard to the above four sentences,I find sentence one a little too grandiose particularly for the pluralization ((The refrigerators )are useful during hot summer.)Since a single refrigerator can function exactly the way each of 100 refrigerators will,the pluralization is unnecessary.Sentence two is correct...see (e) above.Sentence 3 is a generally true statement while sentence 4 is theoretically correct.Therefore,IMO,only sentence 1 is wrong.

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    #15

    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by rhapsomatrics View Post
    Therefore,IMO,only sentence 1 is wrong.
    Sentence 1 isn't wrong in the right context. Raymott's excellent first post on the 'refrigerator(s)' question says all you need to know.

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by ~Mav~ View Post

    PS: I apologize for hijacking the thread, but I'm almost sure that Xianyu will also be interested in your answer.
    Hi, Mav,
    Aha... it seems as if you know me better than myself. Yes, you're definitely right. I'm interested in everyone's reply because I'm itching to learn English well. Thank you for your good question and wonderful movie line, from which I learned more.

    Thank you, rhapsomatrics and bertietheblue, for your help! I've already read your replies carefully.

    Again, thank you, Raymott, though this time the question is not raised by me. Only joking, LOL...

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