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  1. Junior Member
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    If someone is... they? are...

    Hi,
    I know that after "If somoeone is" there can be used two alternatives.

    e.g.
    If someone desires something, he really wants it very much.
    or
    If someone desires something, they really want it very much.

    What is the difference between the sentences?
    and one more thing. I'm not sure if a phrase "very much" is used properly in this sentece ? How should I say that someone really really wants something without using synonyms(to desire for it, to lust for it).

    Thanks

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    Re: If someone is... they? are...

    Quote Originally Posted by mikko4 View Post
    Hi,
    I know that after "If somoeone is" there can be used two alternatives.

    e.g.
    If someone desires something, he really wants it very much.
    or
    If someone desires something, they really want it very much.

    What is the difference between the sentences?
    and one more thing. I'm not sure if a phrase "very much" is used properly in this sentece ? How should I say that someone really really wants something without using synonyms(to desire for it, to lust for it).

    Thanks
    .

    Typically, we say 'they' really want it, although strict grammarians would go for 'he'. The 'someone' is an indefinite pronoun and applies equally to men and women (hence 'they'). You do not need to include 'really' and 'very much' in the same sentence.

  3. Junior Member
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    • Join Date: Mar 2008
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    #3

    Re: If someone is... they? are...

    thanks for clarifying

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