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a lot of us

Post by azz » Sat Oct 15, 2016 7:25 am

Can one use
a. She doesn't like a lot of them.
instead of
b. There are a lot of them she doesn't like. (She dislikes a lot of them.)
?


Can one use
c. She wouldn't like to be in the same room with a lot of us.
instead of
d. There are a lot of us she wouldn't like to be with in the same room.
?

(c) could mean she wouldn't like there to be a great number of us with her in the same room. That is not the meaning I have in mind here. She wouldn't like to be in the same room with Tom. She wouldn't like to be in the same room with Pete. She wouldn't like to be in the same room with Harry... and there are a lot of us who are in the same category as Tom, Pete and Harry...

Many thanks.
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Re: a lot of us

Post by Bobinwales » Sat Oct 15, 2016 7:50 pm

I would take
c. She wouldn't like to be in the same room with a lot of us.
to mean that the lady does not want to be in a crowd.

d. There's quite a number of us she wouldn't like to be in the same room with.
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Re: a lot of us

Post by Phil White » Sat Oct 15, 2016 11:15 pm

Formulations b and d (with Bob's correction) are far more natural.
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