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Polyester

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Can you please check my sentence correct or not?

I tried to replace the new machine instead of ole one.
 

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Can you please [STRIKE]check[/STRIKE] tell me if my sentence is correct or not?

I tried to replace the new machine instead of the [STRIKE]ole[/STRIKE] old one.

See above.

With the definite article and the correct spelling of "old", your sentence would be possible.

Imagine, for example, that a photocopier engineer is sent out to an office with instructions to "replace the old Canon photocopier" with a new one, which is in the back of his van. When he gets there, he finds two Canon photocopiers in the same room. He starts to remove one of them, ready to replace it with the new one he has brought with him, when he realises that the one he has removed is practically new and there is nothing wrong with it. He has to put it back and remove the other one (the one that is actually older and not working properly), replacing it with the new one he has brought with him.
When he gets back to headquarters, his boss says "How did the Canon job go?" He replies "It went OK in the end but when I got there, I tried to replace the new machine instead of the old one!" His boss looks unimpressed and tells him to be more careful in future.
 

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Teacher emsr2d2, you are right. But I am thinking that Polyester, an English learner like me, is just confused the use of 'replace'. Your answer is awesome; however, maybe it is more suitable for advanced learners, such as tedmc and Matthew Wai.
 
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I disagree. When I read your reply, my first thought was "Oh, kadioguy has misunderstood the question". I didn't think that Polyester was incorrectly using "replaced ... instead of ..." rather than "replaced ... with ...".

However, only Polyester can tell us what he/she was trying to say and whether or not he/she found my response helpful. More advanced learners read posts on this forum so even if it's too complicated for you and Polyester, others will benefit.
 

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Polyester, until I get a response to post #3 here, I'm going to delete any further threads you post.
 
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