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    Question various

    Hello everybody,

    1.I did not give homework/I did not give you any homework.???

    2. I gave him two pieces of homework. Is it ok? Can I say it also differently?

    3.I don't want to talk about me/myself. ???

    Thank you a lot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kukinecka View Post
    Hello everybody,

    1.I did not give homework/I did not give you any homework.???

    2. I gave him two pieces of homework. Is it ok? Can I say it also differently?

    3.I don't want to talk about me/myself. ???

    Thank you a lot!
    (1) is something a teacher says to the students, in either version. A student would say something like "I didn't do/hand in/submit any/my homework".

    (2) is perfectly all right. If you want to be more precise, perhaps "I gave him two separate exercises [pieces of homework]"?

    (3) I don't want to talk about myself. "Me" is an error people learning the language should take care to avoid. But "I didn't want to talk about me" is in fact a loose and common idiom, at least in N. America, that strongly emphasizes the subjectivity, the "me". It is certainly extremely non-standard.

    PS. If I may: thank you very much, or thanks a lot.
    Last edited by abaka; 23-Jan-2009 at 22:48. Reason: reformulated (3)


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    Hi,

    in (1) why did you use: says to the students? Why not tell the students? In many textbooks is said that say should be used [I]in general[I]!e.g. She said she was hungry.

    (1) so though homework is UNcountable I can use there any..OK?

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: various

    (1) so though homework is UNcountable I can use there any..OK?

    Yes you can use 'any' with uncountable nouns. 'Any milk', 'any water', 'any money' etc.

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    Re: various

    Quote Originally Posted by kukinecka View Post
    in (1) why did you use: says to the students? Why not tell the students? In many textbooks is said that say should be used [i]in general!e.g. She said she was hungry.
    You are right.

    However:

    To "say" is to make the sounds.
    To "tell" is to transmit the meaning.

    When I wrote that, I was thinking of words a teacher would use, not their meaning.

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