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  1. hoho
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    Unhappy please, help me!!

    I have a few questions about the meaning of a sentence.

    When we say " I was careful to avoid arguments"

    1. Does the sentence mean both of " I succeeded in avoiding arguments" and " I was careful, but I failed to avoid them" ? Or specifically either one ?

    2. Is " I was careful to avoid arguments " the same as " I was careful that I avoided arguments" ? or " I was careful that I would avoid arguments " ?

    I'm not a navtive speaker of English. Please help !!


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    Re: please, help me!!

    " I was careful to avoid arguments"
    ..implies that he was successful.

    2. Is " I was careful to avoid arguments " the same as " I was careful that I avoided arguments"
    No. The second sentence implies something like, I had a bad heart and didn't get into heated arguments to avoid stress; or if two people were arguing, I walked out of the room to avoid being present while all the hoo-ha was going on.

    ? or " I was careful that I would avoid arguments "
    Put the sentence this way: I knew that if I was careful, that I would avoid arguments.
    I might have been successful - I may not. For example:
    I knew that if I was careful, that I would avoid arguments. But it wasn't enough that I was careful. He kept coming around to my place and threatening me, so I finally had to take out a restraining order.
    (With thanks to the Judge Judy show which is on in the background!.)

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