can buy many houses

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can buy many houses

Post by navi » Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:31 am

Can one use:
1) He can buy many houses, but he has decided to buy this one.
instead of:
2) There are many houses he can buy, but he has decided to buy this one.

Can one use:
3) He can buy many other houses, but he has decided to buy this one.
instead of:
4) There are many other houses he can buy, but he has decided to buy this one.

Gratefully,
Navi
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Post by gdwdwrkr » Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:58 pm

The sentences are gramatically-correct, and you may use any of them. Their contexts would most-likely clarify their meaning.
As stand-alone sentences, 1 and 3 are understood to refer to his ability to buy, and 2 and 4, to the availability of houses for sale.
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:38 pm

I agree.

However, I'd have used could instead of can in all cases.
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Post by navi » Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:02 pm

Thank you both very much,

So '1' and '3' do not necessarily imply that he could buy more than one house, but has instead decided to buy just this one. Is that correct?


Gratefully,
Navi
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Post by gdwdwrkr » Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:18 am

navi wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:02 pm
Thank you both very much,

So '1' and '3' do not necessarily imply that he could buy more than one house, but has instead decided to buy just this one. Is that correct?


Gratefully,
Navi
Yes, that is correct. 1 and 3 imply that he could buy one, some, or all, of many houses.
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