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kazu

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"come"
« on: October 17, 2013, 05:15:39 am »
Would you tell me the meaning of the following sentences are the same?

1 No letters have come from him.
2 His letters haven't come to me.

Thanks in advance.

Offline Britta

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Re: "come"
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2013, 07:02:35 am »
No.
 
1 means "he didn't write any letters (neither to me nor to anybody else)"
2 means "he sent me letters but they didn't arrive (e.g. were lost in the post)".
If it's not used by a native speaker it's not idiomatic. And idiom trumps grammar every time. Jack Wilkerson†

kazu

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Re: "come"
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2013, 06:53:18 am »
Thank you very much for your explanation,Britta.

kazu