1) He boxes like the boxers of the fifties.
2) He boxes like boxers of the fifties.

3) He boxes like the great boxers of the fifties.
4) He boxes like great boxers of the fifties.

Are the sentences grammatical?
Is there a difference in the meanings of '1' and '2' and the meanings of '3' and '4'?
What is the difference?

Gratefully,
Navi

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navi posted:

1) He boxes like the boxers of the fifties.
2) He boxes like boxers of the fifties.

3) He boxes like the great boxers of the fifties.
4) He boxes like great boxers of the fifties.

Are the sentences grammatical?
Is there a difference in the meanings of '1' and '2' and the meanings of '3' and '4'?

Hello, Navi,

Yes, all four of those sentences are grammatical, but I think (2) and (4) would sound better with some slight adjustments:

(2a) He boxes like a fifties-era boxer.
(2b) He boxes like a boxer out of the fifties.

(4a) He boxes like a great fifties-era boxer.
(4b) He boxes like a great boxer out of the fifties.

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