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    Smile I have some questions

    Hi. I have some questions.

    There are legitimate worries about the demands that heavy biofuel production could itself put on the environment in terms of land and water use. We have all seen the maps showing the vast tracts of land that would be required to replace petrol to any significant degree.

    1. Does legitimate here mean reasonable or other meanings?

    2. What kind of the clause 'that' is?

    3. This is a positive sentence, why used 'any' rather than 'some'?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovecindy View Post
    Hi. I have some questions.

    There are legitimate worries about the demands that heavy biofuel production could itself put on the environment in terms of land and water use. We have all seen the maps showing the vast tracts of land that would be required to replace petrol to any significant degree.

    1. Does legitimate here mean reasonable or other meanings? It means genuine/real/true

    2. What kind of the clause 'that' is? It is an adjective clause of noun 'worries'

    3. This is a positive sentence, why used 'any' rather than 'some'? I do not have the answer. Perhaps one of our experts can explain

    Thank you in advance.
    Please await coments from native speaker/experts

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    Smile Re: I have some questions

    Thank you very much.

    Can other people explain the unresolved question to me? Thank you in advance.

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    Re: I have some questions

    Who says that any cannot be used in a positive sentence? Native English speakers do it all the time.

    Any number can be a winner. I'll take any port in a storm. If you are lost, any taxi driver can take you to your hotel.

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    Smile Re: I have some questions

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    Who says that any cannot be used in a positive sentence? Native English speakers do it all the time.
    Thank you very much. And would you please explain what 'to any significant degree' mean? I know that any can be used in a positive sentence, but in this sentence, it just doesn't make sense. I've learn that 'to a significant degree' mean to a great extent / to a large extent, and 'to some degree' mean to a certain extent, but what does 'any' mean here? Thank you in advance.
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    Re: I have some questions

    Quote Originally Posted by lovecindy View Post
    We all have (all) seen the maps showing the vast tracts of land that would be required to replace petrol to any significant degree.

    3. This is a positive sentence, why used 'any' rather than 'some'?
    You might have used undefinite article a instead of any but not some for some is in use for uncountable things.

    In addition I do not understand the last part of the setnence

    ....that would be required to replace petrol to any significant degree.

    could someone tell it in other words?

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    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    You might have used undefinite article a instead of any but not some for some is in use for uncountable things.

    In addition I do not understand the last part of the setnence

    ....that would be required to replace petrol to any significant degree.

    could someone tell it in other words?
    Hi e2e4! The use of 'a' instead of 'any' here is a good suggestion. But it may not be correct to say that 'some' can not be used here because its limitation of use to uncountables. As far as I know both some and any are used with countables.While some is used in positive sentences and in some cases in questions also, any is never or rarely used in positive sentences.

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    Re: I have some questions

    Actually Manas Ranjan Mallick, you could be right
    Here are some sentences, mostly from a book I have kept under my pillow all the time.

    There is some whiskey in that jug. Pass me the jug!
    I'm afraid there isn't any coffee left. Will you be so kind to grind some.
    Haven't you got some friends there?
    Have you any idea who I am?
    Where shall we sit? Anywhere will do.
    She lives somewhere in the central region.

    I hope I can smell the proper use but can not explain about grammar rules if any. (actually there must be some)

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    Re: I have some questions

    any significant degree
    a meaningful extent
    to a point that will have any real or useful or meaningful effect.

    Example:
    We can replace the sun as a source of heat, but it can't be done to any significant degree.
    Another example:
    It's not worth doing if it can't be done to any significant degree.
    Another example:
    If something hasn't happened to any significant degree it hasn't had an effect worth measuring.
    "any significant degree" - Google Search

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    Re: I have some questions

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    any significant degree

    a meaningful extent
    to a point that will have any real or useful or meaningful effect.

    Example:
    We can replace the sun as a source of heat, but it can't be done to any significant degree.
    Thank you Ron Bee for the three examples all of which, at least, helped me to understand the meaning of the significant degree. (I really had no idea about the meaning)

    But I must say I am a bit afraid of the idea which the quoted setnence carries!
    Last edited by e2e4; 06-Jul-2008 at 09:14.

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