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  1. Khosro's Avatar
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    #1

    ... is something and ... is something else.

    Pride is something and arrogance is something else.

    In a grammar discussion on the forum:
    "He was puzzled whether..." is something and "He wondered whether..." is something else.

    Do you think my using of "something" and "something else" is correct? Is it idiomic at all? What's a more natural way to say it?

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    #2

    Re: ... is something and ... is something else.

    So would I.

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    #3

    Re: ... is something and ... is something else.

    So , the problem is with "and".

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    #4

    Re: ... is something and ... is something else.

    ***neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***

    This way "and" is no problem;

    Pride is one thing and arrogance is another.

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    #5

    Re: ... is something and ... is something else.

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    ***neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***

    This way "and" is no problem;

    Pride is one thing and arrogance is another.
    I don't consider "and" to be a mistake there, but I am not sure about it, that's why I called it a problem. I put "but" in
    mind.

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    #6

    Re: ... is something and ... is something else.

    Quote Originally Posted by Khosro View Post
    So , the problem is with "and".
    Yes, but the problem is also with "something" rather than "one thing".
    "Pride is one thing but arrogance is something else entirely." This version stresses even more what you are trying to say.
    It's a trivial observation to say "A is something and B is something else". What you're trying to communicate is that even though there is a superficial resemblance between A and B, B is different from A in some quite significant ways.

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    #7

    Re: ... is something and ... is something else.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Yes, but the problem is also with "something" rather than "one thing".
    This note was necessary.

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