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too many friends

Post by navi » Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:43 pm

Can one use:
1) Too many friends will keep you from doing your work.
instead of:
2) Having too many friends will keep you from doing your work.

Can one use:
3) Many friends will keep you from doing your work.
instead of:
4) Having many friends will keep you from doing your work.

I don't think '3' works with that meaning. It means that there are many friends who will keep you from doing your work.

Maybe it would have that meaning in response to a sentences like: I have many friends.

a) I have many friends.

3a) Well, many friends will keep you from doing your work.
where 'many friends' is a repetition of something that has already been said?

Gratefully,
Navi
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Re: too many friends

Post by PauladePlume » Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:06 am

You could used 1 or 2 interchangeably. Agree with you that 3 has the altered meaning you suggest.Also think the same problem exists with 3A as with 3. There I would say, "Well, having many friends..."
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