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    "had not" and "less like"

    Dear all,

    Thank you in advance for your reading.
    I have come across some English problems that I would like to have a ask about them.

    There are sentences that I find on a text.
    "The girls she knew had not the same difficulty."
    In this sentence, what does the "difficulty" mean? Also,what is the difference between "had not"and "didn't have"?

    Besides, there is another sentence of "No place in the world is less like Britain".
    I want to ask how to understand this sentence and what is the meaning of "less like"?

    Thanks a million for your sincere help!

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    Re: "had not" and "less like"

    Quote Originally Posted by alicee View Post
    Dear all,

    Thank you in advance for your reading.
    I have come across some English problems that I would like to have a ask about them.

    There are sentences that I find on a text.
    "The girls she knew had not the same difficulty."
    In this sentence, what does the "difficulty" mean? Also,what is the difference between "had not"and "didn't have"?

    Besides, there is another sentence of "No place in the world is less like Britain". Of all the places in the world that are unlike Britain, this place is the least like Britain.
    I want to ask how to understand this sentence and what is the meaning of "less like"?

    Thanks a million for your sincere help!
    We would need to see more context to know what "difficulty" is referring to. "had not" and "didn't have" mean the same.

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    Re: "had not" and "less like"

    Quote Originally Posted by alicee View Post
    Dear all,

    Thank you in advance for your reading.
    I have come across some English problems that I would like to have a ask about them.

    There These are some sentences that I find found on in a text.
    "The girls she knew had not the same difficulty."
    In this sentence, what does the "difficulty" mean? Also,what is the difference between "had not"and "didn't have"? From the text there is no way of knowing what sort of difficulty she had. In this text "had not" and "didn't have" have about the same meaning.

    Besides, there is another sentence of "No place in the world is less like Britain".
    I want to ask how to understand this sentence and what is the meaning of "less like"? Britain receives much rain during a normal year. There is an area of Chile (the Atacama Desert) that has not received any rain as long as records have been kept. Then, we could say that the Atacama Desert is less like Britain - the desert is not at all like Britain. Another way of stating this is "No place in the world is less like Britain than the Atacama Desert."

    Thanks a million for your sincere help!
    Gil

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    Re: "had not" and "less like"

    I'm grateful for all of you to clarify my doubts about these English problems.
    Your explanations make me clear about the concepts.Thanks teachers!!
    I'd like to further ask about the first sentence problem.
    It's the excerpt from a story.
    The paragraph describes in a third person narrative.
    It talks about the school life that the main character was facing.


    "Some of her classmates were preparing for the examinations.
    They had no ideas about what was going to be tested,
    but they somehow felt confident about it.
    The girls she knew had not the same difficulty."


    For the sentence"The girls she knew had not the same difficulty",


    Does it mean that comparing with the main character,the classmates that the main character
    knew didn't have the same sort of difficulty that faced by the main character,
    such as the anxiety and uneasiness faced by the main character?


    Thanks a lot for your assistance!

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    Re: "had not" and "less like"

    Quote Originally Posted by alicee View Post
    For the sentence"The girls she knew had not the same difficulty",

    Does it mean that comparing with the main character,the classmates that the main character
    knew didn't have the same sort of difficulty that faced by the main character,
    such as the anxiety and uneasiness faced by the main character?
    No, it means that compared with some of her classmates, the girls she knew had not/didn't have the same difficulty.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 07-Mar-2014 at 23:11. Reason: Unnecessary quotation deleted.

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