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    Do these sentences have the same meaning?

    "Do you have to wear a uniform at school?"
    ->Is it compulsory for you to wear a uniform at school?
    ->Is wearing a uniform compulsory at school?

    The first one is the answer in the key I was given but I think mine is still applicable. Is it correct?

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    Re: Do these sentences have the same meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by vkhu View Post
    "Do you have to wear a uniform at school?"
    ->Is it compulsory for you to wear a uniform at school?
    ->Is wearing a uniform compulsory at school?

    The first one is the answer in the key I was given but I think mine is still applicable. Is it correct?
    That would depend on which answer is yours, and what the question was.
    On first appearances, those sentences seem to mean roughly the same thing - especially 1 and 2.

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    Re: Do these sentences have the same meaning?

    The second does not specify a person or a school. I think the sentences would be close to identical if the second said "your school".

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    Re: Do these sentences have the same meaning?

    That would depend on which answer is yours, and what the question was.
    On first appearances, those sentences seem to mean roughly the same thing - especially 1 and 2.
    The second one is the answer in the key, the third one is mine

    The second does not specify a person or a school. I think the sentences would be close to identical if the second said "your school".
    Actually, it must be "at school" at the end of the sentence. I'm not allowed to alter nor move that part.

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    Re: Do these sentences have the same meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by vkhu View Post
    Actually, it must be "at school" at the end of the sentence. I'm not allowed to alter nor move that part.
    In that case, I hope you can understand why we cannot say whether your answer is correct without knowing what the question is - in general I mean.

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    Re: Do these sentences have the same meaning?

    In that case I don't think they mean the same thing. The third sentence could just be a general enquiry about all the schools in the listener's country. Sentences 1 and 2 clearly refer to the school at which the listener is a pupil.

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    Re: Do these sentences have the same meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    In that case, I hope you can understand why we cannot say whether your answer is correct without knowing what the question is - in general I mean.
    This is the original question:

    Rewrite the following sentence using the word "compulsory" without altering its meaning:

    "Do you have to wear a uniform at school?"
    -> Is................................................ .at school?

    In that case I don't think they mean the same thing. The third sentence could just be a general enquiry about all the schools in the listener's country. Sentences 1 and 2 clearly refer to the school at which the listener is a pupil.
    That actually does make sense. But what if the one who asked goes to the same school as the listener (or about to get admitted to the same school)?

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    Re: Do these sentences have the same meaning?

    "Is it compulsory for you to wear a uniform at school?" fits there and loses none of the original meaning.

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    Re: Do these sentences have the same meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Is it compulsory for you to wear a uniform at school?" fits there and loses none of the original meaning.
    Ok so that's the best option. Thanks.

    But my answer is grammatically correct right?

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    Re: Do these sentences have the same meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by vkhu View Post
    Ok so that's the best option. Thanks.

    But my answer is grammatically correct right?
    Your answer was "Is wearing a uniform compulsory at school?" - is that correct? If so, then grammatically, it's fine. It just doesn't fit the remit of the task you were asked to complete.

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