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    Have a look, could you?

    Hi teachers & friends ,
    Are the following sentences all correct? Can we use them all in one context?

    -You too might find this thread useful.
    -You might find this thread too useful.
    -You might find this thread useful too.

    Cheers
    Udara


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    Re: Have a look, could you?

    Hello,
    I'm not a teacher but since nobody has answered yet I'll try to help you.

    The sentences you wrote are correct but they're completely different in meaning.

    Quote Originally Posted by udara sankalpa View Post
    -You too might find this thread useful.
    Here the speaker wants to stress that his interlocutor might find the thread useful as he does.
    i.e:
    I find this thread useful. You too might find it useful.

    However, it sounds a bit awkward to me. Teachers will tell you something more about this.

    Quote Originally Posted by udara sankalpa View Post
    -You might find this thread too useful.
    Here the speaker wants too say that the thread is too much useful and he believes it should be less useful. Thus, this does sound awkward.
    A more natural usage of too as in this sentence might be:
    It's too hot or It's too dangerous
    Quote Originally Posted by udara sankalpa View Post
    -You might find this thread useful too.
    This has the same meaning as the first one but sounds much more natural.


    Another way to say the same thing might be:
    You might find this thread useful as well.

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    #3

    Re: Have a look, could you?

    Quote Originally Posted by udara sankalpa View Post
    Hi teachers & friends ,
    Are the following sentences all correct? Can we use them all in one context?

    -You too might find this thread useful.
    -You might find this thread too useful./
    -You might find this thread useful too.

    Cheers
    Udara
    Englishlanguage had the right idea, although the first and the third don't quite mean the same: "You too ..." means "you, as well as other people" - 'Fred found this thread useful. You too might...'

    The second sentence is either wrong or very unlikely! When "too" comes before an adjective, it applies strictly to that adjective. So if you find something 'too useful' it's more useful than it should be...(?) I suppose if you had to hand in an essay tomorrow, you asked here for ideas, and someone - Casi maybe () - came up with a list of web-sites that would take weeks to digest, you might think the sites were 'too useful'! But usually, phrases like 'too difficult' or 'too dangerous' - as Englishlanguage said - are much more common.

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    Re: Have a look, could you?

    Hello Bobk,
    I don't quite grab the difference between You too might find this thread useful and You might find this thread useful too.
    The first sounds a bit unnatural to me, while the second seems much more common. But what I'm most interested in is meaning. What's the difference?


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    #5

    Re: Have a look, could you?

    You too might find this thread useful.
    You, as well as other people find this thread useful.

    You might find this thread useful too.
    You might find this thread useful, as well as other threads.

    Is it clear?


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    Re: Have a look, could you?

    Yes, it is. Thank you very much. It was pretty obvious, I don't know why I couldn't understand it.
    Anyway, thank you...


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    Re: Have a look, could you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Englishlanguage View Post
    Yes, it is. Thank you very much. It was pretty obvious, I don't know why I couldn't understand it.
    Anyway, thank you...
    Try concentrating when your mind is clear! It's the best way to comprehend and deal with the problem you are given!
    All the best!


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    Re: Have a look, could you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jason72 View Post
    Try concentrating when your mind is clear! It's the best way to comprehend and deal with the problem you are given!
    All the best!
    Hi Jason :

    May I know whether there is a difference in meaning between the following sentences?

    -Try concentratig when your mind is clear!
    -Try to concentrate when your mind is clear!

    Cheers
    Udara


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    Re: Have a look, could you?

    Quote Originally Posted by udara sankalpa View Post
    Hi Jason :

    May I know whether there is a difference in meaning between the following sentences?

    -Try concentratig when your mind is clear!
    -Try to concentrate when your mind is clear!

    Cheers
    Udara
    Hello Udara!
    There is no difference in meaning between those two sentences.


    p.s. CONCETRATING, not CONCETRATIG...


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    Re: Have a look, could you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jason72 View Post
    There is no difference in meaning between those two sentences.
    I'll report what my English grammar states:

    "try to do=attempt to do, make an effort to do
    try something/try doing=do something as an experiment or test
    Compare:
    1)I tried to move the table, but it was too heavy. (so I couldn't move it)
    2)I didn't like the way the furniture was arranged, so I tried moving the table to the other side of the room. But it still didn't look right, so I moved it back again."

    Is this just one of those nuances every grammar book reports but no English speaker knows about? or is it just that in our case there is not a big difference in meaning between try to concentrate and try concentrating?
    Thank you

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