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    a lot of

    Which are correct:

    1-You have to have an appointment if you want to see a lot of doctors.But there are some who will receive you without an appointment.

    2-You have to have an appointment of you want to see a lot of the doctors in this city. But there are some who will receive you without an appointment.

    3-Some doctors will receive you without an appointment, but you have to have an appointment to see a lot of them.
    4-Some of the doctors in this city will receive you without an appointment, but you have to have an appointment to see a lot of them.
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    Re: a lot of

    1 is grammatically correct, but is very general.
    2 is incorrect. It should read "You have to have an appointment IF you want to see...."
    3 is also grammatically correct but general.
    4 is correct and more specific.

    I guess which one you would use depends on the context in which you are speaking or writing.

    I hope that helps.






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    Re: a lot of

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Which are correct:

    1-You have to have an appointment if you want to see a lot of doctors.But there are some who will receive you without an appointment.

    2-You have to have an appointment of you want to see a lot of the doctors in this city. But there are some who will receive you without an appointment.

    3-Some doctors will receive you without an appointment, but you have to have an appointment to see a lot of them.
    4-Some of the doctors in this city will receive you without an appointment, but you have to have an appointment to see a lot of them.
    All your sentences are ambiguous, navi tasan.

    At first I thought you meant seeing a group of eight or nine doctors (a lot of them).

    If you insist on using a lot of, it's better to make that phrase the subject of the sentence.

    'A lot of doctors will only see you by appointment.'

    1 and 2 are not grammatical. Use a comma before but, not a full stop, like you did in 3 and 4.

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    Re: a lot of

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarah Lu View Post
    1 is grammatically correct, but is very general.
    2 is incorrect. It should read "You have to have an appointment IF you want to see...."
    3 is also grammatically correct but general.
    4 is correct and more specific.

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    Welcome to the forum, Sarah Lou.

    Whilst the contributions of 'others' can be correct and helpful, when attempting to answer questions please state that you are not a teacher at the top of your post, as stipulated in the Notices on this page, and in at least as large a font as the rest of it.

    Perhaps it might be better - until you become more familiar with how the forum works - if you were to wait longer than 50 minutes before giving what might be unhelpful replies. I can see no general or specific differences between these sentences.

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    Re: a lot of

    Thank you and welcome to the forum Sarah and thank you Rover.

    I agree that Sarah could have expressed herself more clearly, but in her defense I have to say that I understood what she meant. There is a difference in the meanings of the sentences. In two cases we were talking only about the doctors in this city and in the other two cases only about doctors in general.

    Rover, your reply was, as usual, very helpful. The sentences seem to be completely ambiguous. To tell you the truth I thought the "other" meaning was the only possible one! I thought those sentences could not have the meanings attributed to them here!

    Gratefully.
    Navi.

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