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    azz is offline Member
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    know a good car

    Can one say

    a. I know a good musician when I see one and I can tell you Terry isn't one.
    b. I know good musicians when I see them and I can tell you Terry isn't one.

    c. I know a good musician and I can tell you Terry isn't one.
    d. I know good musicians and I can tell you Terry isn't one.

    e. I know a good car and this isn't one.
    f. I know good cars and this isn't one.


    The first four are supposed to mean the same thing: I can tell when someone is a good musician and he isn't one.

    Many thanks.

    Many thanks.

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    bhaisahab is offline Moderator
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    Re: know a good car

    a. and b. would be OK with a comma before 'and'.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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