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    I want grass for my cow

    What is the difference in the meaning of the following sentences?


    (1) "I want some grass for my cow".

    (2) "I want grass for my cow".

    Could anyone help me?


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    Re: I want grass for my cow

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    What is the difference in the meaning of the following sentences?


    (1) "I want some grass for my cow".

    (2) "I want grass for my cow".

    Could anyone help me?
    Hi, Gary,
    It's a good question.
    It's not so easy to explain it. I think the 2nd sentence emphasizes that what you need is just grass and not anything else, say, hay or water.
    There are quite a few knowledgeable teachers here who will surely give a better explanation.
    Regards.

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    Re: I want grass for my cow

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hi, Gary,
    It's a good question.
    It's not so easy to explain it. I think the 2nd sentence emphasizes that what you need is just grass and not anything else, say, hay or water.
    There are quite a few knowledgeable teachers here who will surely give a better explanation.
    Regards.
    It is a good question, and Humble's answered it very well.

    All I'd add is that the first sentence allows for a small amount, and in the second the amount is unlimited.

    While I'm staying here, I want grass for my cow [every day].

    If you said

    While I'm staying here, I want some grass for my cow every day you would mean she'd only eat a little.

    But the main difference is the one Humble explained.

    b

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