A says: We want to be free.

B replies:
1) If you want to be free, the tyrant has to be overthrown.
2) For you to be free, the tyrant has to be overthrown.
3) The tyrant has to be overthrown for you to be free.
4) The tyrant has to be overthrown so that you will be free.

Are '1', '2', '3' and '4' all correct in this context?


Do they all mean the same?

I think in this context '1', '2' and '3' are saying the same thing. '4' seems
 a bit different to me.

Gratefully,
Navi
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navi posted:
 
A says: We want to be free.

B replies:
1) If you want to be free, the tyrant has to be overthrown.
2) For you to be free, the tyrant has to be overthrown.
3) The tyrant has to be overthrown for you to be free.
4) The tyrant has to be overthrown so that you will be free.

Are '1', '2', '3' and '4' all correct in this context?

Do they all mean the same?

I think in this context '1', '2' and '3' are saying the same thing. '4' seems
 a bit different to me.

Hello, Navi,

I agree with you. In that context, (1), (2), and (3) are correct and are saying the same thing, but (4) is incorrect in that context because it is saying something else.

In (1), (2), and (3), the tyrant's being overthrown is presented as a necessary condition of the interlocutors' being free.

Sentence (4) does not refer to a necessary condition. It states that something should happen for a certain reason.

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