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    #1

    a lot of them

    Can one use
    a. She doesn't like a lot of them.

    instead of
    b. There are a lot of them she doesn't like. (She dislikes a lot of them.)
    ?


    Can one use
    c. She wouldn't like to be in the same room with a lot of us.

    instead of
    d. There are a lot of us she wouldn't like to be with in the same room.
    ?



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    #2

    Re: a lot of them

    Yes in both cases.

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    #3

    Re: a lot of them

    And A and C are clearer sentences. Write like that, not like sentences B and D.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: a lot of them

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    And A and C are clearer sentences. Write like that, not like sentences B and D.

    I disagree. A and C are both ambiguous. B and D are not.

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    #5

    Re: a lot of them

    Quote Originally Posted by azz View Post

    a. She doesn't like a lot of them.


    can mean

    1. There are many of them she doesn't like.

    or

    2. She does not like it when there are too many of them,

    c. She wouldn't like to be in the same room with a lot of us.


    can mean

    1. There are many of us with whom she would not like to share a room.

    or

    2. She would not like to be in a room with too many of us as companions.
    d. There are a lot of us she wouldn't like to be with in the same room.
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