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    #1

    money, we can...

    Are these sentences correct:

    1) John, I can only talk to. But Jeff, I can punish.
    MEANING: I can only talk to John, but I can punish Jeff.

    2) Time, we can only lose.

    MEANING: We can only lose time.

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    #2

    Re: money, we can...

    1 is OK.
    2 sounds weird. If you make a comparison similar to 1, it might be OK. "Space we can expand; time we can only lose." (I'm not sure what that would mean though!)

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    #3

    Re: money, we can...

    What does any of it have to do with money?

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    #4

    Re: money, we can...

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Are these sentences correct:

    1) John, I can only talk to. But Jeff, I can punish.
    MEANING: I can only talk to John, but I can punish Jeff.

    2) Time, we can only lose.

    MEANING: We can only lose time.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    A minor point: I wouldn't use commas, especially in example 1, where they make the sentences seem incomplete.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #5

    Re: money, we can...

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    What does any of it have to do with money?
    My bet: We can only lose time, not money. Especially if we punish Jeff.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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