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    Grammar question

    I have a question about the word "assume"

    I know assume that and assume sth both are right. But I am confused

    You shouldn't assume that he will help you

    And

    You shouldn't assume his help

    ( the word assume here means "
    to take for granted" )

    Do both sentences have a similar meaning ? If not, how should I rewrite the first sentence with the structure "assume + sth" or something else ( not using take for granted ) ?

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    Re: Grammar question

    This is the original exercise :

    Rewrite sentence

    You shouldn't take his help for granted
    ( assume )............................................
    ==> Key : You shouldn't assume that he will help you.

    The problem is when I translate the sentence " You shouldn't assume that he will help you" , its meaning may not be similar to the original sentence. Can you explain ? Or...the key is wrong ?
    Last edited by iamthebest; 18-Jul-2012 at 09:31.

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    Re: Grammar question

    In certain contexts, these two sentences convey very similar ideas.

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    Re: Grammar question

    The first could mean that he has helped in the past, but you should not fail to appreciate it, nor should you assume it will always be there.

    As 5jj says, depending on context, the meanings could overlap to a very high degree.

    To me, the only real difference is that the first definitely implies past help, while the second only speaks to future help.
    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: Grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    In certain contexts, these two sentences convey very similar ideas.
    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The first could mean that he has helped in the past, but you should not fail to appreciate it, nor should you assume it will always be there.

    As 5jj says, depending on context, the meanings could overlap to a very high degree.

    To me, the only real difference is that the first definitely implies past help, while the second only speaks to future help.
    I agree with Barb_D that the first sentence implies the past help, while the second speaks to the future. That's why I'm confused. So the key provided may be wrong ?

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    Re: Grammar question

    Perhaps it would be better as "You should not assume he will always be there to help you" is closer, but in this context, the way it was is really close.
    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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