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    Is this sentence correct?

    I came across this sentence:

    It means using the English that you already have to get more。


    It sounds weird to me. You already have to get more? What does it mean?

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by victor su View Post
    I came across this sentence:

    It means using the English that you already have to get more。


    It sounds weird to me. You already have to get more? What does it mean?
    I think you are reading the "have to" as a modal of obligation.

    Try reading it this way:

    It means [using the English that you already have] to get more。

    It means [using the English you have already acquired] to learn more English

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    Smile Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I think you are reading the "have to" as a modal of obligation.

    Try reading it this way:

    It means [using the English that you already have] to get more。

    It means [using the English you have already acquired] to learn more English
    Thank you. I'll be careful next time.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by victor su View Post
    Thank you. I'll be careful next time.
    It's not your fault; the fault lies with the different uses of "have". In my opinion, the sentence should have been rewritten to avoid the stumble.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Some possible improvements:

    It means getting more English by using the knowledge you already have.
    It means using the English you already have in order to get more.

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