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Reiko07
Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2019 9:26:34 PM

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1) major cities in Asia

2) major cities of Asia

3) major Asian cities

Which is correct?

My English is probably at CEFR A1 or A2 level.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, January 4, 2019 4:49:42 AM

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What are the sentences?

They are all 'right' - as noun phrases, there's nothing wrong with them - but they would fit into different sentences. Often you can use two or three different phrases, but sometimes not. They do not mean exactly the same thing.

There are many major cities in Asia.
Can you name the three major Asian cities?
Beijing is one of the major cities of Asia.
Beijing is one of the major cities in Asia.

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Reiko07
Posted: Friday, January 4, 2019 5:44:06 AM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
There are many major cities in Asia.
Can you name the three major Asian cities?



Thank you very much, Drag0nspeaker.

4) Last year, he made a tour of major Asian cities.

5) Last year, he made a tour of the major Asian cities.

6) Last year, he made a tour of all the major Asian cities.

What are the differences between these three sentences if the "the major Asian cities" has not previously been referred to?


My English is probably at CEFR A1 or A2 level.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, January 4, 2019 6:42:28 AM

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They are each correct - no problem about that!

I don't know which are the most important Asian cities. So that I don't insult anyone, I'll use fictitious names.
In order of importance they are:
1. Kung-fu city
2. Karate city
3. Origami city
4. Athame city
5. Shodo city
6. Bonseki city
7. Kabuki city

All other cities in this fictitious Asia are unimportant and small.

Last year, he made a tour of major Asian cities.
The first one says he went to (unspecified) 'major Asian cities'. That means he went to several places (at least two or three) which were Asian cities - and they were big, important ones.
They may have been Kabuki, Shodo and Origami.

Last year, he made a tour of the major Asian cities.
This says he visited THE most important ones, but it doesn't say how many - it may have been only two, but as it was a 'tour' I would guess at least three.
That MUST be Kung-fu, Karate and Origami - maybe also Athame.

Last year, he made a tour of all the major Asian cities.
This one says he went to every city on the list of "Asian cities which are important".
He went to all seven of the cities on the list.

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When you are using adjectives of degree (big/biggest, great/greatest, main and so on) similar forms work. However, it the adjective has a superlative form, you may have to change as this shows.

He made a tour of big cities of America. - He went to some big cities. Not necessarily the biggest, but all the ones he saw were BIG.
He made a tour of the biggest cities of America. - He went to the biggest one and the second biggest, and the third biggest.
He made a tour of all the biggest cities of America. - he went to EVERY city on the list "The biggest cities in America" which probably has fifty - maybe more - cities on it.
A lot of travelling!



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Reiko07
Posted: Friday, January 4, 2019 6:50:33 PM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
Last year, he made a tour of the major Asian cities.
This says he visited THE most important ones, but it doesn't say how many - it may have been only two, but as it was a 'tour' I would guess at least three.
That MUST be Kung-fu, Karate and Origami - maybe also Athame.

Thank you very much for the clear and lucid explanation. Applause Dancing


My English is probably at CEFR A1 or A2 level.
Reiko07
Posted: Saturday, January 5, 2019 4:54:04 PM

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7) She visited all major cities of Asia.

8) She visited all the major cities of Asia.

Which is correct?

My English is probably at CEFR A1 or A2 level.
palapaguy
Posted: Saturday, January 5, 2019 9:19:01 PM

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Reiko07 wrote:
7) She visited all major cities of Asia.

8) She visited all the major cities of Asia.

Which is correct?

Both are correct. There's no significant difference in meaning between them.
Reiko07
Posted: Saturday, January 5, 2019 9:41:36 PM

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palapaguy wrote:
Reiko07 wrote:
7) She visited all major cities of Asia.

8) She visited all the major cities of Asia.

Which is correct?

Both are correct. There's no significant difference in meaning between them.



Thank you very much.

What is the slight difference in meaning between #7 and #8?


My English is probably at CEFR A1 or A2 level.
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