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    #1

    That another one?

    "Is this the suitcase you want to take on the trip?"
    "No, I wanted ..... brown one."

    A. other than
    B. that other
    C. that another
    D. another than

    Which is the correct answer? Or maybe the question is wrong?

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    #2
    I am not a teacher.

    Which one do you think is right?

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    #3
    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    Which one do you think is right?

    According to the rule, I think it should be C.

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    #4
    Hello, thienan123456.

    I don't think I can agree with you. C doesn't work.
    Only B works grammatically(, but I'm not really sure why it's in the past tense. Is it some sort of "distancing"?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello, thienan123456.

    I don't think I can agree with you. C doesn't work.
    Only B works grammatically(, but I'm not really sure why it's in the past tense. Is it some sort of "distancing"?)
    If the word "wanted" is rewritten as "want", can you explain why it should be B? I

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    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    I'm not really sure why it's in the past tense. Is it some sort of "distancing"?)
    Yes, distancing in time.

    In such utterances as "Good morning, madam. Did you want something?", we probaly have distancing in directness. The so-called 'past' tense makes the question less direct and hence more polite.

    However, in "Is this the suitcase you want/wanted to take on the trip?", we are almost certainly dealing with time-distancing. If the speaker uses the present-tense form, s/he is enquiring about the other person's want at the time of the question. If the speaker uses the past-tense form, the speaker is enquiring about the want expressed by the other person at the time of that expression. Both are possible and natural. Both are equally possible and natural in the response.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thienan123456 View Post
    If the word "wanted" is rewritten as "want", can you explain why it should be B? I
    The tense of the verb makes no difference. B is the only correct possibility in that sentence whatever the tense of the verb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    The tense of the verb makes no difference. B is the only correct possibility in that sentence whatever the tense of the verb.
    Can you please be more specific with the point "that other" must go with singular noun or something like that? If so, what does this mean exactly? Thank you.

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    #9
    It's not a very good question IMO. However, the first person is asking about one brown suitcase and the person is responding that they did not want the brown suitcase the person is indicating, but the other brown suitcase that is some distance away.

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