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    Your entrance into university depends on your exam scores. --- rely on? count on?

    1. Your entrance into university depends on your exam scores. (from Ivy magazine)
    2. Your entrance into university relies on your exam scores.
    3. Your entrance into university counts on your exam scores.

    My book says that the phrasal verb "depend on" is the same as "rely on" and "count on". Is it true? So, are sentences 2 and 3 both correct? (I know sentence 1 is correct.)

    I check these words in many different dictionaries, I think that when it comes to the meaning of trusting someone, the three phrasal verbs are about equivalent. So,
    Don't depend on him.
    =Don't rely on him.
    =Don't count on him.

    I think they are correct sentences, and have similar meanings. Am I right?

    However, back to the original three sentences above. According to the Oxford dictionary, "depend on" means "to be affected or decided by something" in this case. So, I think sentences 2 and 3 are BOTH INCORRECT because "rely on" and "count on" don't have such a meaning. Am I right?

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    Re: Your entrance into university depends on your exam scores. --- rely on? count on?

    You are correct.

    I can always depend on you/rely on you/count on you -- those are the same/very similar.

    The first example (sentence 1) uses "depend on" in a difference sense.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Your entrance into university depends on your exam scores. --- rely on? count on?

    I prefer 'admission' in this context as I find 'entrance' sounds rather concrete, like being able to physically walk in, while 'being admitted' also includes permission to attend classes on an academic level. I suppose speakers of BrE may disagree, as they find 'leaving school' means 'successfully completing your education' whereas to AmE ears, leaving sounds like quitting. ;)

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    Re: Your entrance into university depends on your exam scores. --- rely on? count on?

    I don't have a problem with "entrance" there. Every year, many people take "university entrance exams", rather than "university admission exams".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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