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Make (the) number 1 Options
Joe Kim
Posted: Saturday, July 15, 2017 2:11:38 PM

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1. Make the number 1.
2. Make number 1.

Do you say #2 to ask someone to make the number out of a stick?

3. You are number 1.
4. You are the number 1.

What is the difference of these two?

5. Make America number 1.
6. Make America the number 1.

What is the difference of these two?
FounDit
Posted: Saturday, July 15, 2017 2:22:26 PM

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Joe Kim wrote:
1. Make the number 1.
2. Make number 1.

Do you say #2 to ask someone to make the number out of a stick?
I'm not sure I understand. But if you mean how do you ask someone to take a stick and make a figure that looks like the number "1", then you would say the first one, "Make the number 1".

3. You are number 1.
4. You are the number 1.

What is the difference of these two?
3. says you are the best. You are "number 1". That assumes that 1 is the best and 10, perhaps is the worst.

4. say you are literally a number. You are a number and that number is "1".



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Joe Kim
Posted: Saturday, July 15, 2017 2:25:37 PM

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Thank you.

Then, why is it said that "go to floor 1" without "the"? Isn't it the floor with the number 1? What wouldn't make sense if it is said "go to the floor 1" ?
FounDit
Posted: Saturday, July 15, 2017 2:33:29 PM

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Joe Kim wrote:
Thank you.

Then, why is it said that "go to floor 1" without "the"? Isn't it the floor with the number 1? What wouldn't make sense if it is said "go to the floor 1" ?


I've never heard anyone say, "Got to floor 1". We would say, "Go to the first/second/third...floor".


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Joe Kim
Posted: Saturday, July 15, 2017 7:31:13 PM

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Really?

Deliver to house 2 (house with the number 2)
Turn to page 5
This elevator goes to floor 7.


Can Others chip in for me to gather more information?
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