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    three families with two cars

    1-Three families with two cars lived in the building at end of the street.
    2-Three families who had two cars lived in the building at end of the street.

    In which case
    a-Each of the families has two cars (six cars in all)
    and in which
    b-The three families share two cars (two cars in all)

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    Re: three families with two cars

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    1-Three families with two cars lived in the building at end of the street.
    2-Three families who had two cars lived in the building at end of the street.

    In which case
    a-Each of the families has two cars (six cars in all)
    and in which
    b-The three families share two cars (two cars in all)

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    Neither one is natural.

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    Re: three families with two cars

    Three families who each owned two cars lived...
    Three families who shared two cars among them lived ...

    The idea of three families sharing cars seems quite odd.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 03-Aug-2013 at 17:24. Reason: Typo correction
    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: three families with two cars

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    1-Three families with two cars lived in the building at end of the street.
    2-Three families who had two cars lived in the building at end of the street.

    In which case
    a-Each of the families has two cars (six cars in all)
    and in which
    b-The three families share two cars (two cars in all)

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    I would read both of them as a. If the writer/speaker intended to say that there was sharing, I think he/she would have said that.

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    Re: three families with two cars

    Three two-car families lived in the building at the end of the street.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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