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    I can't find out the meaning of this sentences?

    Can anyone describe the concept of this sentense:(specially after ",but treat...")
    a multiproduct firm would recognize the loss of sales of product 1,but treat those customers that depart completely rather differently from those who were only lost to product 2.

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    Re: I can't find out the meaning of this sentences?

    Welcome to Using English, danialsolimany

    The phrase "completely rather differently" is a bit odd.

    A company sells two products: Product 1 and Product 2.
    Product 1 has some customers, but they stop buying it, and don't buy anything from the company any longer.
    Product 1 has some other customers, but they stop buying it and instead by Product 2.

    The company treats these two groups of (former) customers of Product 1 differently.
    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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    Re: I can't find out the meaning of this sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Welcome to Using English, danialsolimany

    The phrase "completely rather differently" is a bit odd.

    A company sells two products: Product 1 and Product 2.
    Product 1 has some customers, but they stop buying it, and don't buy anything from the company any longer.
    Product 1 has some other customers, but they stop buying it and instead by Product 2.

    The company treats these two groups of (former) customers of Product 1 differently.
    Although I did have to read it twice, I don't think "... treat those customers who depart completely rather differently from ..."
    is particularly odd.

    The customers who depart completely are treated rather differently by the company from those who switch from product 1 to product 2.

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    Re: I can't find out the meaning of this sentences?

    Ah. The customers who "depart completely" are treated "rather differently."

    I read it as "the customers who depart" are treated "completely rather differently."

    You'll agree that treating anything "completely rather differently" would be odd!

    So -- it just goes to show that even native speakers (and native readers) don't always get the meaning the first time either!
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    Re: I can't find out the meaning of this sentences?

    The first time I read it, I read it the same way you did.

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