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the bad

Post by azz » Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:57 am

Can one use
a. I will take the good books and you take the bad.
instead of
1. I will take the good books and you take the bad ones.
and
2. I will take the good books and you take the bad one.
?

Can one use
b. I will take the good book and you take the bad.
instead of
3. I will take the good book and you take the bad ones.
and
4. I will take the good book and you take the bad one.
?

Many thanks.
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:50 pm

Yes to a1 and b4. There is an assumed consistency in singularity/plurality between the explicit referent and the implied one.
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Post by tony h » Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:47 pm

Just a couple of comments on the words.

The "good book" usually/often means the Bible. Good books doesn't.

I find "bad" an awkward adjective to use with books. I am not sure how, in general parlance, books can be bad. "Others" would probably fit better.
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With the right context almost anything can sound appropriate.

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