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    how to express the meaning

    Hi, everyone.

    How to express the following meaning:
    There are several implements. However I pick three of them, these three implements can form a kit.

    Can I say any three of the implements form a kit
    Can I say arbitrary three of the implements form a kit
    Please show me some brief ways to express this meaning, the more the better.

    Thank you very much in advance.
    Last edited by enydia; 07-May-2008 at 04:15.


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    Re: how to express the meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    Hi, everyone.

    How to express the following meaning:
    There are several implements. However I pick three of them, these three implements can form a kit.

    Can I say any three of the implements form a kit
    Can I say arbitrary three of the implements form a kit
    Please show me some brief ways to express this meaning, the more the better.

    Thank you very much in advance.

    The first option is the most usual one.

    You could also say:

    I select three implements at random to form a kit
    I arbitrarily select three implements which form a kit


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    Re: how to express the meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    The first option is the most usual one.

    You could also say:

    I select three implements at random to form a kit
    I arbitrarily select three implements which form a kit
    Thank you very much, Anglika

    "The first option is the most usual one."
    So, the construction any + number + noun is grammatically correct, right?
    For example, any two pencils, any nine dogs of them.


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    Re: how to express the meaning

    Yes, it is.

  3. enydia's Avatar

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    Re: how to express the meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Yes, it is.
    Thanks.

    A further question—what is the form of verb following that construction, single or plural?


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    Re: how to express the meaning

    Any two pencils are acceptable

    Any nine dogs are barking at one time

    Any five children are in the race.

    It is the number of units that controls the verb.

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