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    Zheng chengyu found his life more difficult ...

    Do these two sentences mean the same thing?


    Sentence One :
    Zheng chengyu found his life more difficult than his parents thought.
    Sentence Two:
    Zheng chengyu found his life more difficult than what his parents thought it was.
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    Re: Do these two sentences mean the same thing?

    They mean the same to me.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: Do these two sentences mean the same thing?

    Maybe we can also say like this: Zheng Chengyu found his life to be more difficult than he found his parents to be. So, which one is the most natural way for native speakers?

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    Re: Do these two sentences mean the same thing?

    Zheng Chengyu found his life to be more difficult than he found his parents to be.

    This sentence is not correct. It could mean that he found his parents to be more difficult.

    I would write it this way: Zheng Chengyu found life to be more difficult than his parents envisaged. (Presumably, his parent had given him some kind of picture what life would be before that).
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    Re: Do these two sentences mean the same thing?

    You're right. I should say: Zheng Chengyu found his life to be more difficult than he found his parents' life to be. Again, which one is the most natural way for native speakers?

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    Re: Do these two sentences mean the same thing?

    Zheng Chengyu found his life to be more difficult than what it was during his parents'time.
    Zheng Chengyu found his life to be more difficult than his parents', when they were young.
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    Re: Do these two sentences mean the same thing?

    I would omit the comma: Zheng Chengyu found his life more difficult than his parents' when they were young.
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    Re: Do these two sentences mean the same thing?

    I'm confused! List (in point form) what you are comparing.

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    Re: Do these two sentences mean the same thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    I'm confused!
    Me, too.

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    Re: Do these two sentences mean the same thing?

    1. Zheng chengyu found his life more difficult than his parents thought.
    2. Zheng chengyu found his life more difficult than what his parents thought it was.
    3. Zheng Chengyu found his life to be more difficult than he found his parents to be.
    4. Zheng Chengyu found life to be more difficult than his parents envisaged.
    5. Zheng Chengyu found his life to be more difficult than he found his parents' life to be.
    6. Zheng Chengyu found his life to be more difficult than what it was during his parents'time.
    7. Zheng Chengyu found his life to be more difficult than his parents', when they were young.
    8. Zheng Chengyu found his life more difficult than his parents' when they were young.

    1, 2, 3, and 5 were written by rodgers white.
    4, 6, and 7 were written by tedmc.
    8 was written by Matthew Wai.
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