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midcrana

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chinese
Peter often read a book in a cafe shop.

Petrr often read books in cafe shops.

I think sentence one implies Peter always read a book(the same book) in a cafe shop(the same cafe shop)

sentence2# implies Petrr often read books(different books) in cafe shops(different cafe shops)

Is my reasoning correct?
 
  • Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    Peter often reads a book in a cafe. = Peter often reads a book (any book) in a cafe (perhaps various cafes, perhaps always the same one). If it were always the same cafe, you would need to identify it—for example, Mary's Cafe, or the cafe around the corner from his house.

    Peter often reads books in cafes. = Peter often reads a book (any book) in various cafes.

    Please note: Peter is singular, so you need "read"+"s". Also, we call it a cafe, not "cafe shop".
     

    midcrana

    Senior Member
    chinese
    Peter read a book in a cafe. And he often does this.

    which means "he often reads a book in a cafe shop"or"he often reads books in cafés ?
     
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