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    #1

    Do those sentences have the same meaning?

    I am a junior high school student in Osaka, Japan.

    I have learned these sentences:
    1. A year has twelve months.
    2. There are twelve months in a year.
    3. We have twelve months in a year.

    What is the difference between them?
    Do they have the same meaning?

    Please help me.

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    #2

    Re: Do those sentences have the same meaning?

    They all have the same meaning. I wouldn't use no.3 though as it doesn't sound natural

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    #3

    Re: Do those sentences have the same meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by shuei View Post
    1. A year has twelve months.
    2. There are twelve months in a year.
    3. We have twelve months in a year.
    They all have the same meaning, and they are all grammatically acceptable. #2 is the most natural, #1 is possible, and #3 is unlikely to be said, in my opinion.

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    #4

    Re: Do those sentences have the same meaning?

    2. should be preferred - it is more formal than 1. You might use 1. more in speech.

    3. We have twelve months in a year. Doesn't sound right to me. It is not them that has 12 months! It is the year that is made up of 12 months.

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    #5

    Re: Do those sentences have the same meaning?

    Thank you very much for your lessons, teachers!

    I have been feeling that # 3 doesn't sound natural.
    I thought that # 3 could be heard during a conversation with aliens from outer space...

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    #6

    Re: Do those sentences have the same meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by shuei View Post
    I thought that # 3 could be heard during a conversation with aliens from outer space...
    Absolutely. So could, "*^#@..><#"

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