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    But I am also still learning about prayer in general.

    But I am also still learning about prayer in general. (Three Times Three Equals Twelve)

    In the above sentence, does in general refer to prayer or the whole sentence?
    Last edited by sitifan; 12-May-2016 at 11:29.
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    Re: But I am also still learning about prayer in general.

    3 x 3 = 9

    Either way, the sentence means the same thing.

    Can you ask your question differently or explain it in more detail?
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    Re: But I am also still learning about prayer in general.

    But I am also still learning about prayer in general. (quoted from Three Times Three Equals Twelve)

    Can I rewrite the above sentence as follows?
    But in general I am also still learning about prayer.

    BTW, Three Times Three Equals Twelve is the title of a book.
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Three-Times.../dp/0860653854
    Last edited by sitifan; 12-May-2016 at 12:31.
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    Re: But I am also still learning about prayer in general.

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    BTW, Three Times Three Equals Twelve is the title of a book.
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Three-Times.../dp/0860653854
    Thank you, but we want to know the author (Brian Mills), not where to buy the book.

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    Re: But I am also still learning about prayer in general.

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    But I am also still learning about prayer in general. (quoted from Three Times Three Equals Twelve)

    Can I rewrite the above sentence as follows?
    But in general I am also still learning about prayer. Yes.

    BTW, Three Times Three Equals Twelve is the title of a book. Oh! I thought you were just bad at math.
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Three-Times.../dp/0860653854
    And, Rover, we want to know the author because. . . ?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29BoqCMRBFk
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    Re: But I am also still learning about prayer in general.

    Because he's been quoted, and it's always better to give references. The Amazon link is fine for me, and probably OK for the author.

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    Re: But I am also still learning about prayer in general.

    The answer to your question is that in general modifies prayer​ in that sentence.
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    Re: But I am also still learning about prayer in general.

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    And, Rover, we want to know the author because. . . ?
    It's a mark of respect — if not a legal requirement — to name the author of a quoted published work, and in some cases, knowing the author helps us to answer the question more effectively.

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