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    three more apples or more three apples?

    Hi!

    I wonder if you could help me with the following sentences:

    1.I need three more apples
    2. I need more three apples

    Which one is correct?

    thanks...

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    Re: three more apples or more three apples?

    Quote Originally Posted by rosa87 View Post
    Hi!

    I wonder if you could help me with the following sentences:

    1.I need three more apples
    2. I need more three apples

    Which one is correct?

    thanks...
    Sentence 1 is correct. Imagine it like this:

    I need more apples.
    How many more apples do you need?
    I need three more [apples].

    The word "three" goes in the same place as "how many", ie before the word "more".

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    Re: three more apples or more three apples?

    Quote Originally Posted by rosa87 View Post
    Hi!



    1.I need three more apples
    2. I need more three apples
    I wonder if the sentences might be interpreted as follows;

    1. I've got (some) apples and I need extra three apples.
    2. I've got (some) apples in threes and I need extra apples in threes.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: three more apples or more three apples?

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    I wonder if the sentences might be interpreted as follows;

    1. I've got (some) apples and I need extra three apples.
    2. I've got (some) apples in threes and I need extra apples in threes.

    Thanks in advance.
    I can't make that interpretation work for me.
    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: three more apples or more three apples?

    2. I've got (some) apples in threes and I need extra apples in threes.
    It's not a standard grouping for apples, so it doesn't work. If you said 'I need more dozen eggs', it would be a mess, but I would know what you wanted .

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