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    Would you?I wouldn't.....

    Hello everyone-Would you answer a question like 'How many children are playing the violin?' with an answer like 'They are four'?
    I wouldn't.It doesn't seem natural to me .I would answer or just 'Four' or 'Four children are playing the violin'.What do you say?
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    Re: Would you?I wouldn't.....

    You are absolutely right , both in discarding "They are four", and ib accepting the other two suggestions

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    Re: Would you?I wouldn't.....

    Thanks Mariner.Any other opinions?

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    Re: Would you?I wouldn't.....

    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    Thanks Mariner.Any other opinions?
    You could say "There are four".

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    Re: Would you?I wouldn't.....

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    You could say "There are four".
    Actually even 'there are four' doesn't really sound right to me as an answer to 'How many children are playing the violin?'
    Am I being too obstinate? Please do tell me if I'm wrong.

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    Re: Would you?I wouldn't.....

    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    Actually even 'there are four' doesn't really sound right to me as an answer to 'How many children are playing the violin?'
    Am I being too obstinate? Please do tell me if I'm wrong.
    I do think you're being a bit picky. It is a legitimate alternative to the other answers.


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    Re: Would you?I wouldn't.....

    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    Hello everyone-Would you answer a question like 'How many children are playing the violin?' with an answer like 'They are four'?
    I wouldn't.It doesn't seem natural to me .I would answer or just 'Four' or 'Four children are playing the violin'.What do you say?
    Thanks
    Using 'there' to introduce a subject is very natural for English, Queenbu. Once the number and the subject have become known, we switch to a pronoun, eg. 'they/it' to discuss the subject.

    Perhaps we use the empty subject 'there' to discuss 'how many' because it remains necessary for us to decide on the appropriate pronoun, 'it' or 'they'.

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    Re: Would you?I wouldn't.....

    ok,ok.............I give up!You're right,MikeNewYork-I was being a bit picky-I always am :( I wouldn't exactly use 'picky' but anyway....Thanks for your patience,riverkid and MikeNY

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    Re: Would you?I wouldn't.....

    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    ok,ok.............I give up!You're right,MikeNewYork-I was being a bit picky-I always am :( I wouldn't exactly use 'picky' but anyway....Thanks for your patience,riverkid and MikeNY
    LOL! I used "picky" to soften your use of "obstinate".

    You're very welcome for the help. You don't require that much patience.

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