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    "three of" and "the three"

    What is the difference between "three of" and "the three" in two sentences below:
    "Three of people went to school"
    "The three people went to school"
    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: "three of" and "the three"

    What is the difference between "three of" and "the three" in two sentences below:
    "Three of the people went to school"
    "The three people went to school"


    "Three of the people went to school" = Of the (unspecified number of) people that you are referring to, three went to school.
    "The three people went to school" = The three people you are referring to all went to school.

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    Last edited by JMurray; 11-Jun-2012 at 07:18.

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    Re: "three of" and "the three"

    Can you please give me a context? I am still confused with those two words.
    Thanks.

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    Re: "three of" and "the three"

    Quote Originally Posted by trueheart_205 View Post
    Can you please give me a context? I am still confused with those two words.
    Thanks.
    Hi, trueheart.
    I'll leave your question for JMurray, but I'd like to tell you what I can see(imagine) when I read those sentences.

    'Three of the people...' - I can see(imagine) several other people (as well as the three people).
    'The three people...' - All I can see(imagine) is the three people you're referring to.

    I hope you can understand what I mean.

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    Re: "three of" and "the three"

    Quote Originally Posted by trueheart_205 View Post
    Can you please give me a context? I am still confused with those two words.
    Thanks.
    There are seven children in our street, three of the children went to school today.
    The three children went to school in a bus.

    I hope that helps.

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