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    like John did

    Which are correct:

    1) Jeff did not associate all his psychological problems with his father, like John did with his.

    2) Jeff did not associate all his psychological problems with his father, like John did.
    Meaning: John associated all his psychological problems with his father, but Jeff did not associate all his psychological problems with his father.

    3) Jeff did not attribute all his psychological problems to his father, like John did with his.

    4) Jeff did not attribute all his psychological problems to his father, like John did.
    Meaning: John attributed all his psychological problems with his father, but Jeff did not attribute all his psychological problems with his father.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    Re: like John did

    In my opinion, sentences one and three are okay, but sentences three and four are ambiguous.

    Perhaps soon others will offer their opinions.

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    Re: like John did

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    In my opinion, sentences one and three are okay, but sentences three and four are ambiguous.

    Perhaps soon others will offer their opinions.
    Tarheel
    Do you mean sentences two and four?
    Yes, I agree that one and three are more precise.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: like John did

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Tarheel
    Do you mean sentences two and four?
    Yes, I agree that one and three are more precise.
    Yes.

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