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    #1

    second two

    Dear teachers,

    For examples like at least the second two...

    Could you please explain what this "second two" means?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    #2

    Re: second two

    It's bad English. I'd also want to know what "like" and "at least" mean as well.

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    #3

    Re: second two

    I have no problem with "the second two" meaning "the second pair."

    AB CD EF GH

    C and D are "the second two."

    But I don't know what about the "at least" either.

    It's always more helpful if you give us full sentences.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #4

    Re: second two

    The second two is fine for me when describing pairs.

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    #5

    Re: second two

    Dear Barb_D,

    Thank you very much for your help. The following is the whole sentence:

    For examples like at least the second two, to assemble the correct interpretation requires the components to be individually meaningful.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I have no problem with "the second two" meaning "the second pair."

    AB CD EF GH

    C and D are "the second two."

    But I don't know what about the "at least" either.

    It's always more helpful if you give us full sentences.

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    #6

    Re: second two

    I assume there were a number of examples? Or at least four examples?

    Example 1
    Example 2
    Example 3
    Example 4

    The author is saying that when you look at examples 3 & 4 (the second two), this point applies. By saying "at least," the author acknowledges that it may apply to other examples as well, but as a minimum, it applies to those two.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #7

    Re: second two

    Dear Barb_D,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I understand it.
    I clicked "like" but it didn't work.

    Jiang
    Last edited by jiang; 13-Dec-2011 at 15:51.

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