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  1. Key Member
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    #1

    three different bones

    1) He says he has strong bones and yet he has broken bones three times recently.

    2) He says he has strong bones and yet he has broken three of his bones recently.

    3) He says he has strong bones and yet he has broken a bone three times recently.


    4) He says he has strong bones and yet he has broken his bones three times recently.


    5) He says he has strong bones and yet recently, on three different occasions, he broke a bone.

    Which of the above can be used if he broke three different bones recently?

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    Last edited by navi tasan; 08-Jan-2017 at 06:50.

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    #2

    Re: three different bones

    Definitely the second one (2).

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    #3

    Re: three different bones

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Definitely the second one (2).
    But you should remove ambiguity and include "different" to make it clear.
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    #4

    Re: three different bones

    If you wished to make this clear, you should do so. None of the sentences sets out to put things beyond doubt IMO. Also, I don't think that #4 works.

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