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    #1

    had a blue shirt on

    Can one use:
    1) When he came to our office on Tuesday, he had a blue shirt.

    instead of:
    2) When he came to our office on Tuesday, he had a blue shirt on.


    Can one use:
    3) When he came to our office on Tuesday, he had a dog.

    instead of:
    4) When he came to our office on Tuesday, he had a dog with him.


    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: had a blue shirt on

    No and no.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    #3

    Re: had a blue shirt on

    They don't restrict the meaning in the same way- the dog needn't have been present, etc.

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    #4

    Re: had a blue shirt on

    Thank you both very much.

    But if the dog wasn't his, but was with him, one definitely couldn't use '3', right?

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #5

    Re: had a blue shirt on

    You could still have a dog with you even if it isn't your dog.

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