do they mean the same? 1.I don't have a phone on me. 2.I don't have my phone now. 3.I don't have my phone with me. Are they all correct sentences and mean the same? These sentences are in response to, when someone asks for your number. Thank you :)
Nov 10, 2018 4:21 PM
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Hi Gyan, I would say that 2 and 3 have very similar meanings. In sentence 2, it is understood from the words "don't have" that something is not with you at the moment. The word "now" or the words "right now" focuses on the present moment. For example, you do not have your phone as you speak. Perhaps someone has borrowed your phone and will return it to you shortly. (The situational is temporal.) In Sentence 3, "with me" focuses on the fact that your phone is not in your possession. Both sentences 2 and 3 should not cause confusion as they have pretty much the same meaning. Sentence 1, however, may convey a slightly different meaning. We can have our phone ON the bed, ON the car seat and so on. If something is ON us, it means we may be wearing it while carrying it around. (e.g. He put ON a green shirt, She put ON some makeup, He hooked his phone to a lanyard and wore it around his neck, so he has his phone ON him.). This is one difference I can think of. Just a side remark: Your "a" should be "my" in sentence 1, since the other person is asking for your number which can be found in "your" phone. I am assuming that some people don't bother to remember their phone numbers since they can easily be retrieved from their phones.
November 15, 2018
Yes, these are all correct and have the same meaning. I would change the first sentence to "my phone." The second sentence is fine, for me personally, "right now" sounds a little more natural. If you want to sound more polite, usually (if you're in the USA) you would say, "Sorry, blahblah." Sorry, I don't have my on me. Sorry, I don' have my phone right now. Sorry, I don't have my phone with me.
November 10, 2018
Exactly, I heard the students responding in this way. that's the reason why I asked.
November 10, 2018
Most of the time, they respond saying ' I don't have the phone on me'. is that grammatically correct?
November 10, 2018
But.. why do you need your phone? Don't you know your number??
November 10, 2018
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