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1. I bought the house to live in.
2. I bought the house which I can live in.
3. I bought the house which I will live in.
4. I bought the house which I should live in.
(Does #1 mean #2, #3, or #4?)

5. I have a friend to help me.
6. I have a friend who can help me.
7. I have a friend who will help me.
8. I have a friend who must help me.

(Does #5 mean #6 or #7? Or #8? Can all the three sentences be changed into #5? Then, I think the meaning of #5 is not clear. Don't you think so?)

  • English - ,

    The verbs "can", and "should" do not have quite the same meaning. "Can" means that the house is liveable. "Should" means that you are obligated to live there.

    1 and 3 have pretty much the same meaning.

    # 8 does not have the same meaning and the others. "Must" means that one has to do something.

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