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    Smile in person or personally

    Hello everybody,


    Which of the two underlined would you use in each of the following example sentences and
    why?


    1) The mayor gave me a present in person/personally.

    2) The pope shook my hand in person/personally.

    3) My father went to the bank in person/personally to sort out a problem with his account.

    If I negated each of the 3 sentences above, which of the two underlined would you use and why?

    Looking forward to your answers.

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    Re: in person or personally

    Tell us first which you would choose and why, Joern.

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    Re: in person or personally

    I have two questions. First, how does a person negate a sentence? Second, is this a game where I am supposed to guess what words you left out?


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    Re: in person or personally

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I have two questions. First, how does a person negate a sentence? Second, is this a game where I am supposed to guess what words you left out?

    Hello Tarheel,

    Thanks for your reply!

    What I meant by negating was using 'not'.

    1) The mayor did not give me a present personally/in person.

    2) The pope did not shake my hand personally/in person.

    3) My father did not go to the bank personally/in person to sort out a problem with his account.

    I do not have the intention of having anyone guess what words I left out.
    All I asked was what is correct in each sentence-personally or in person.
    Hope this makes it clearer.
    Last edited by Joern Matthias; 11-Nov-2014 at 00:35.

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    Re: in person or personally

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Tell us first which you would choose and why, Joern.
    Hello Rover,

    Thanks for your reply!

    My gut feeling tells me that it is `in person` in all 3 sentences because of going to/being in a certain place or at a certain scene, but I am not 100% sure.
    The same goes if I turn these affirmative sentences into negative ones. So, what do you think, Rover?
    Last edited by Joern Matthias; 11-Nov-2014 at 00:45.

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    Re: in person or personally

    I would use 'in person' in #1 as 'personally' is usually placed earlier in the sentence.

    'The mayor personally gave me a present.' 'The mayor didn't personally give me a present.' (He delegated his deputy to do it.)

    In #2 both options are redundant. He either shook hands with me or he didn't.

    I agree with your choice and reasoning in #3.

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    Re: in person or personally

    Thank you so much.

    Just imagine if the pope delegated somebody to shake hands with me, ha, ha, ha.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 11-Nov-2014 at 21:31. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote.

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    Re: in person or personally

    Quote Originally Posted by Joern Matthias View Post


    Which of the two underlined words would you use in each of the following example sentences and
    why?




    If I negated each of the 3 sentences above, which of the two underlined words would you use and why?
    I'm looking forward to more questions.


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