Posted by John on Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at 10:39am.
1. He gave us a piece of paper.
2. He gave each of us a piece of paper.
3. He gave us the paper.
Does #1 mean #2?
What about #3? Is #3 correct?

English grammar  Ms. Sue, Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at 10:44am
The first sentence could be interpreted that he gave the group (us) one piece of paper. The second sentence makes it clear that each person was given a piece of paper. The third sentence isn't clear about how much paper he gave us. It could mean the same as either # 1 or # 2.

English grammar  John, Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at 10:48am
Thank you for your explanation.
1. Write down your name on the paper.
2. Write down your name on a paper.
3. Write down your name on a piece of paper.
4. Write down your name on the piece of paper.
I think all are correct except #2? Am I right?

English grammar  Ms. Sue, Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at 10:57am
# 2 could be correct if the only thing the other person wants is to see your name.
We also don't need the word "down" in these sentences. "Write your name on the paper" is the usual expression.
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