Author Topic: can't buy many  (Read 783 times)

Offline navi

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can't buy many
« on: July 14, 2018, 09:29:16 am »
Can one use:
1) I can't buy many cars.
2) I can't buy a lot of cars.

instead of:
A) There are a lot of cars I can't buy.

Let us say I want to buy a single car. I could say 'A', but could I say '1' or '2'?


Can one use:
3) I can't remember many things from that night.
4 I can't remember a lot of things from that night.

instead of:
B) There are a lot of things from that night I can't remember.
(Maybe there are a lot of other things I can remember.)

I think '1' and '2' don't work with that meaning, but '3' and '4' could mean 'B'. That is my feeling, but it doesn't seem logical.
« Last Edit: July 14, 2018, 09:31:02 am by navi »

Offline Darryl

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Re: can't buy many
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2018, 09:36:19 am »
1 and 2 are unnatural. It sounds like you would like to own a whole bunch of cars.  You would be more likely to hear
There are many cars I can't afford.

3 and 4 are OK, but you could replace 'many things' with 'much'.