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    Do They Mean The Same?

    Dear Native English-speaking Teachers,

    Do the following two sentences mean the same? :

    "I am a player in the school football team."

    "I am on the school football team."

    If yes, do the following three also mean the same?

    "I am a football player in the school team."

    "I am at the school football team."

    "I am in the school football team."

    "I am with the school football team."

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Do They Mean The Same?

    Quote Originally Posted by SongYuxiang View Post
    Dear Native English-speaking Teachers,

    Do the following two sentences mean the same? :

    "I am a player in the school football team."

    "I am on the school football team."

    The two sentences above mean the same thing.

    If yes, do the following three also mean the same?

    "I am a football player in the school team."

    "I am at the school football team." Incorrect. We don't use "at" when talking about a sports team.

    "I am in the school football team." It's OK, but I prefer "on the football team".

    "I am with the school football team." This sounds more like you are just saying that you are currently in the company of the football team, not that you actually play football. You are simply together with the football team at an unspecified place.

    Thank you in advance.
    See above.

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    Re: Do They Mean The Same?

    Thank you very much,dear Emsr2d2, that's the explanation I really expected. Then, I guess it may be perfectly correct to say "I am a player on the school football team.", right?
    Last edited by SongYuxiang; 29-Aug-2010 at 04:21.

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    Re: Do They Mean The Same?

    Quote Originally Posted by SongYuxiang View Post
    Thank you very much,dear Emsr2d2, that's the explanation I really expected. Then, I guess it may be perfectly correct to say "I am a player on the school football team.", right?
    Yes, or:

    I'm on the school football team.
    I play for the school football team.
    I belong to the school football team.
    I play football for my school team.
    I play football for my school.

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    Re: Do They Mean The Same?

    Thanks alot ,dear Emsr2d2. :))

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    Re: Do They Mean The Same?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    ..."I am with the school football team." This sounds more like you are just saying that you are currently in the company of the football team, not that you actually play football. You are simply together with the football team at an unspecified place.
    Just with them, but probably involved with them in some way - trainer, or coach, or supporters club, or something. (If a person walking past a queue at a night club says 'I'm with the band', he's probably a 'roadie' - or pretending to be .)

    b

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    Re: Do They Mean The Same?

    Thank you, dear Bobk, for your explanation, which made me clearer. :))

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