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    #1

    depnd on you to

    1-I rely on you to make sure that nothing happens to my family.
    2-I depend on you to make sure that nothing happens to my family.

    3-I am dependent on you to make sure that nothing happens to my family.

    Who is making sure that nothing happens to may family?
    a-I (with your help)
    or
    b-You

    I think the sentences are ambiguous.

    The more likely meaning is 'b', but at the end of the day they are ambiguous.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: depnd on you to

    I don't like #3. For the other two, I would choose B.

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    #3

    Re: depnd on you to

    I am not a teacher.

    3- doesn't mean the same as the other two. You could be financially dependent on someone else to make sure that nothing happens to your family. It would still be ambiguous.

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    #4

    Re: depnd on you to

    Does 'count on' work in the OP's sentence?
    May I take 'nothing' to mean 'nothing untoward' in the OP's sentence?

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    #5

    Re: depnd on you to

    Yes and yes.

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    #6

    Re: depnd on you to

    Thank you very much Roman and Mike for all your replies.

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

    3- doesn't mean the same as the other two. You could be financially dependent on someone else to make sure that nothing happens to your family. It would still be ambiguous.
    Since you are a native speaker, I don't think it really matters whether you are a professional teacher or not. Your acquired linguistic capacity should be quite sufficient. That's just my take on it.

    I don't quite understand what
    I am financially dependent on you to make sure that nothing happens to my family.
    would mean.

    Does it mean that you pay my family's bills and things like that (medical insurance, rent etc.)? Or you help me pay them?

    That is what I get from it.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #7

    Re: depnd on you to

    I am not a teacher.

    'Financially dependent' means that you rely on someone else for financial support. This could be entirely or partially, but at the very least it means that you can't get by without them.

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    #8

    Re: depnd on you to

    For number 3, I might say "I am depending on you to make sure that nothing [bad] happens to my family".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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