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    #1

    How to modify those sentences?

    Does the penultimate sentence usually cause misunderstanding/ambiguousness? Is it only rejecting the former or the latter, or both?
    1. He can’t read and write.
    2. He can’t read or write.

    Also,how to modify the following interrogative sentences? Which one is better?
    1'. "Does the penultimate sentence usually cause misunderstanding? Is it only rejecting the former or the latter, or both?"
    2'. "Does the the last but one sentence usually cause ambiguousness? Is it only negating the former or the latter, or both?"

    Thanks a lot!
    Last edited by Hiya Raymond; 13-Aug-2013 at 09:33.

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    #2

    Re: How to modify those sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hiya Raymond View Post
    Does the penultimate sentence usually cause misunderstanding/ambiguousness? Is it only rejecting the former or the latter, or both?
    1. He can’t read and write.
    2. He can’t read or write.
    When we are speaking of only two things, 'penultimate' is a very unnatural word to use. 'First' is far more natural.

    #1 could possibly mean that he can do one of the two things but not both. If you want to be clear that he can neither read nor write, then #2 is appropriate.
    Last edited by 5jj; 13-Aug-2013 at 09:59. Reason: typo

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    #3

    Re: How to modify those sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    he can neither read nor rite
    I think your spellchecker is still on holiday!
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: How to modify those sentences?

    Spellcheckers have a very limited use.

    My stupid one accepts the following as correct:

    'Ewe no yore knot aloud two reed allowed inn hear.'

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    Re: How to modify those sentences?

    The only reliable spellchecker is someone else's eyes.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How to modify those sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'Ewe no yore knot aloud two reed allowed inn hear.'
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: How to modify those sentences?

    Are the following sentences correct?
    1. He can't read but can write.
    2. He can read but can't write.

    Also,I think "Is it only negating/rejecting the former or the latter, or both?" may be not natural,how to modify it?

    Thanks a lot!

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    #8

    Re: How to modify those sentences?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hiya Raymond View Post
    Are the following sentences correct?
    1. He can't read but can write.
    2. He can read but can't write.
    Yes
    Also,I think "Is it only negating/rejecting the former or the latter, or both?" may be not natural,how to modify it?
    Is it negating only the the former, only the latter, or both?


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