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In the name of the Merciful Allah,
Hi, I have this quote in a book of mine: There are few questions about intelligence that are not addressed somewhere in the scope of this book. I'm not quite sure of the writer's point of this. Does he mean that those questions aren't addressed anywhere else? And so, they are in his book only. If so, why didn't he use anywhere instead of somewhere? Or he mean that those questions are not addressed in his book at all? Again, if so, why somewhere and not anywhere? I hope I spelled out my problem clearly. Thanks ahead.
Your explanation is so reasonable, bhaisahab. Yet, somewhere is confusing me. Shouldn't be anywhere, since the sentence is negative!
No. because somewhere indicates that the information is to be found in the text at some point or other.
Your reply confused me more, Anglika. You said that the information is to be found in the text at some point or other, whereas bhaisahab told me that those questions aren't dealt with in the book.
Any way, after further thinking about it, I concluded that the writer refers that there are some parts in the book cover the majority of the questions about intelligence, but not all. So somewhereis used to indicate the generalisation of this estimate. I can see this quote in this new order: somewhere in the scope of this book there are few questions that are not addressed. Do you agree?
Last edited by Egyption Arrow; 14-Jul-2008 at 02:33.
Yes, I've got this well. My question was about those few questions that are not addressed in the book, and you replied it so clearly. But Anglika said something else. If those questions are not dealt with somewhere in the book, I can find them dealt with in somewhere else also in this book, That 's what I've got from Anglika.
I think you may be confused because it says "few" and you're reading it as though it said "a few."
There are a few things we need to talk about -- that means there are a few things, with the empahsis on their existance.
There are few things we need to talk about -- that means there are almost none, with the emphasis on how small the number is.
The author is saying that just about every topic is in there - almost none are omitted.
No I've got this meaning well, Despite I never knew this information about few, with and without a, before. Thanks a lot.