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robjen
Posted: Friday, April 13, 2018 4:27:43 PM
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I have written down four sentences below.

(1) I ran out of copies of this book.
(2) I ran out of copies of these books.
(3) I ran out of these books.
(4) I ran out of this book.


I think (1) suggests I don't have any more copies of one specific book.

(2) means no more copies of all the books I am talking about.

(3) can be interpreted in the same way as (1) or (2).

I think (4) is grammatically wrong.

What is your opinion? Thanks a lot.
Gabriel82
Posted: Friday, April 13, 2018 5:33:21 PM

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robjen wrote:
I have written down four sentences below.

(1) I ran out of copies of this book.
(2) I ran out of copies of these books.
(3) I ran out of these books.
(4) I ran out of this book.


I think (1) suggests I don't have any more copies of one specific book.

(2) means no more copies of all the books I am talking about.

(3) can be interpreted in the same way as (1) or (2).

I think (4) is grammatically wrong.

What is your opinion? Thanks a lot.


I see nothing grammatically wrong with any of them. ¨When you use this book,¨ the ¨ẗhis¨ is a demonstrative adjective. You use the proper singular or plural forms of each and the ¨distances¨ that the demonstrative adjectives require are correct too.

Turns out this is covered in today´s on-site grammar lesson. :)
BobShilling
Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2018 12:28:28 AM
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Gabriel82 wrote:
¨ẗhis¨ is a demonstrative adjective.


Few modern grammarians use the label 'demonstrative adjective'.

(demonstrative) determinative is the term used by:

Aarts, Bas (2011.6i), Oxford Modern English Grammar. Oxford: OUP
Huddleston Rodney (1984.304), Introduction to the Grammar of English. Cambridge: CUP

(demonstrative) determiner is the choice of:

Biber et al (199.272),Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English.Harlow: Longman
Carter, Ronald and Michael McCarthy (2006.335), Cambridge Grammar of English. Cambridge: CUP
Chalker, Sylvia (1984.57), Current English Grammar. London: Basingstoke
Greenbaum, Didney (1996.195), Oxford English Grammar. Oxford: OUP
Quirk, Randolph et al (1985.257). A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. Harlow: Longman
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