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Hasib
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Problem in understanding sentences

Post by Hasib » Tue May 12, 2020 11:22 pm

I am going to be swamped for the next few weeks, so don't count on me being anywhere. Don't count on seeing me anywhere.

I am confused about these two sentences:

Don't count on me being anywhere.
Don't count on seeing me anywhere.

I saw a similar structure in the Longman dictionary like this: count on (somebody/something) doing something. Examples: We didn’t count on so many people being on vacation, We can't count on this warm weather lasting. But those two (above mentioned) sentences don't follow this structure. According to this structure those sentences are wrong, but everyone is saying those sentences are correct. Could anyone please explain why those sentences are told correct? I want to know the reason behind it.

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Re: Problem in understanding sentences

Post by Firefox » Wed May 13, 2020 5:54 am

Hasib wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 11:22 pm
I am going to be swamped for the next few weeks, so don't count on me being anywhere. Don't count on seeing me anywhere.

I am confused about these two sentences:

Don't count on me being anywhere.
Don't count on seeing me anywhere.

I saw a similar structure in the Longman dictionary like this: count on (somebody/something) doing something. Examples: We didn’t count on so many people being on vacation, We can't count on this warm weather lasting. But those two (above mentioned) sentences don't follow this structure. According to this structure those sentences are wrong, but everyone is saying those sentences are correct. Could anyone please explain why those sentences are told correct? I want to know the reason behind it.
Where's the problem? Your sentences DO follow the pattern. Remember the words in brackets are optional, and so is the last something.

count on somebody doing
They are counting on us winning
Don't count on me being anywhere.

count on doing
I'm counting on winning
Don't count on seeing me anywhere

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