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    rewording of sentences

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether the following rewordings are correct?

    1.1. We were sorry that we didnít see you at the meeting.
    1.2. We were sorry not to see you at the meeting.

    2.1. There are no roses in this garden.
    2.2. These roses are not to be found in this garden.

    Thank you in advance for your efforts.

    Regards.

    V.

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    Re: rewording of sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether the following rewordings are correct?

    1.1. We were sorry that we didnít see you at the meeting.
    1.2. We were sorry not to see you at the meeting.

    2.1. There are no roses in this garden.
    2.2. These roses are not to be found in this garden.

    Thank you in advance for your efforts.

    Regards.

    V.
    Hi,
    1.1 and 1.2. are both good.
    2.1 and 2.2. mean different things, 2.1 means that there are absolutely no roses in the garden. 2.2. means that specific roses are not in the garden, it doesn't say that there are definately no roses at all.

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    Re: rewording of sentences

    Hi bhaisahab,

    Thank you for your prompt reply as well as for your clear , edifying explanation.

    There is a further example concerning the mentioned of you occasional negation.

    3.1. There is no tea in that shop.
    3.2. This kind of tea is not to be found in that shop.

    Would you tell me whether I might express the total negation regarding the tea in the following way?

    Not a single tea is to be found in that shop.

    Regards.

    V.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Hi bhaisahab,

    Thank you for your prompt reply as well as for your clear , edifying explanation.

    There is a further example concerning the mentioned of you occasional negation.

    3.1. There is no tea in that shop.
    3.2. This kind of tea is not to be found in that shop.

    Would you tell me whether I might express the total negation regarding the tea in the following way?

    Not a single tea is to be found in that shop.

    Regards.

    V.
    Hi,
    It is grammatically correct, but it sounds a bit strange.

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    Re: rewording of sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether the following rewordings are correct?

    1.1. We were sorry that we didnít see you at the meeting.
    1.2. We were sorry not to see you at the meeting.

    2.1. There are no roses in this garden.
    2.2. These roses are not to be found in this garden.

    Thank you in advance for your efforts.

    1.1. Ok
    1.2. OK
    Same meaning, basically

    2.1. OK
    2.2. These roses are not found in this garden. (present simple tense passive)
    BTW, these sentences have two different meanings...

    Regards.

    V.
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    Re: rewording of sentences

    Not a single tea is to be found in that shop.
    I'm not a teacher.

    Just a side point.
    I thought tea is an uncountable noun, so it should be 'no tea' or 'not a bit of tea' but not 'not a single tea'.
    Last edited by tedtmc; 30-May-2008 at 19:07.

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    Re: rewording of sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    I'm not a teacher.

    Just a side point.
    I thought tea is an uncountable noun, so it should be 'no tea' or 'not a bit tea' but not 'not a single tea'.

    Under normal circumstances tea is factually an uncountable noun. However you can use the article "a" if you point out or specify or select between more teas with regard to a cups of tea. Likewise, you can use other otherwise uncountable nouns as countable. An example: a coke (cokes), a coffee (coffees), a Monday (mondays), a fish (fishes), an advice (advices)

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    Hi juricoo,

    Thank you for your two contiguous posts. I agree with your statements in both. Thank you again for your very well-judged intervention as well as for your very timely aid.

    I have a presentiment it is long odds that I could learn very different useful things of you.

    Regards.

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    Hi bhaisahab,

    Thank you again for your kindness. I hope ďstrangeĒ is not so ineligible word. There is a nucleus of possibility.

    Regards.

    V.

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    Re: rewording of sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by jirikoo View Post
    Under normal circumstances tea is factually an uncountable noun. However you can use the article "a" if you point out or specify or select between more teas with regard to a cups of tea. Likewise, you can use other otherwise uncountable nouns as countable. An example: a coke (cokes), a coffee (coffees), a Monday (mondays), a fish (fishes), an advice (advices)
    I am not sure about advices, are you?

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