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Joe Kim
Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 1:06:23 AM

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1. How to respond to someone saying ...
2. How to respond to a saying.
3. How to respond to a say.
4. How to respond to the saying

Are 2,3, and 4 correct?

thar
Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 3:01:49 AM

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No. Only 1 is correct.
How to respond to someone doing something.
How to respond to someone saying something.

2 and 4 are wrong.
'A saying' or 'the saying' is a noun with a specific meaning. 'A saying' is an adage or an idiom. They are traditional phrases passed down through the generations.
eg, there is a saying which reminds you how to predict the weather:
Quote:
Red sky at night, shepherd's delight.
Red sky in the morning, shepherd's warning.


That is an old saying.
Because 'a saying' has that special meaning, you don't use it to mean what someone has said to you, in normal conversation.

3 is wrong.
'a say' is yet another noun with a particular meaning. It means your opinion has power.
eg
In a democracy, people have a say in how the country is governed.
That noun does not fit here.
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