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    #1

    Can I refer specific subject by order of words?

    "I got two As and one B in economics, astronomy and math."

    Is this sentence mean "I got As in economics and astronomy. And I got B in math", or
    "There is two As and one B among economics, astronomy and math"?

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    #2

    Re: Can I refer specific subject by order of words?

    "I got As in economics and astronomy. And I got B in math"
    That's the way I would read it.

    And it's "Does this sentence mean..." not "Is..."

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    Re: Can I refer specific subject by order of words?

    "I got two As and one B in economics, astronomy and math."(original sentence)
    So, does sentence above(original sentence) mean
    "I got As in economics and astronomy. And I got B in math"?

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    Re: Can I refer specific subject by order of words?

    That is the way I would read it. If that is not what is meant, then write it in a clearer way. There is some potential for ambiguity, but I believe most people would assume, like I did, that the grades and classes are given in the same order.

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    Re: Can I refer specific subject by order of words?

    If you add the word "respsctively" to the end of your sentence, then you know the two As go with the first two things mentioned and the B goes with the third thing mentioned.

    I would, however, find it easier to understand if you say "I got As in economics and astronomy and a B in math."
    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: Can I refer specific subject by order of words?

    I think the longer the list, the less likely it is that they're in the same order.

    For example, at "O Level" (exams at age 16), I took English Language, English Literature, Maths, French, German, History, Music and Typing. I got 2 As, 4 Bs, 1 C and a RSAII (Distinction). Anyone who knows the English school system will probably know that the only one of those grades which is immediately connectable to a subject is RSAII (Distinction) and Typing. The other seven subjects I took could be connected to any one of the seven grades and if I'm honest, I can't remember exactly which were which. It was a long time ago!

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    #7

    Re: Can I refer specific subject by order of words?

    You can also use the word 'respectively' here

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    Re: Can I refer specific subject by order of words?

    Quote Originally Posted by Huda-M View Post
    You can also use the word 'respectively' here
    Did you mean that about my post?

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    #9

    Re: Can I refer specific subject by order of words?

    Perhaps it was meant about mine, which ALMOST uses the word "respectively."

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    If you add the word "respsctively" to the end of your sentence, then you know the two As go with the first two things mentioned and the B goes with the third thing mentioned.
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