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    #1

    like the watch

    Are these sentences correct:
    1) Is he going to put the necklace in a brown box like the watch?
    2) Is he going to put the necklace in a brown box as the watch was?


    I guess '1' could mean:
    3) Is he going to put the necklace in a brown box as he put the watch in a brown box?

    But could it mean the same as '2'? In '2' we don't know who put the watch in a brown box. It was most probably not 'he'.

    Gratefully,
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    Re: like the watch

    1 could also mean, "Is he going to put the necklace in a brown box that looks like the watch." But it probably means, "Is he going to put the necklace in a brown box as the watch has been."

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    Re: like the watch

    Thank you very much, Raymott,

    So it does not necessarily mean that he placed the watch in the brown box. It is possible that some else did that. Right?

    Gratefully,
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    #4

    Re: like the watch

    That's right. It doesn't mean he put it there.

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    #5

    Re: like the watch

    I'd probably say: Is he going to put the necklace in a box like the brown one the watch was in?
    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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