I'm currently participating in a class to practice English by speaking only in it. But there is a person who always talks too much for other people to get a chance to speak. Here, I'd like to say like this.( there are 3 people in a group.)

  1. It has to be guaranteed that we can speak the same amount.

  2. It has to be guaranteed that I can speak the same amount as the others do

Are these two sentences the same meaning?

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    Yes, they seem to mean the same thing to me. Why do you think they could differ in meaning? Jul 22, 2015 at 4:41
  • amount for 'speaking' seems awkward, at least to me... surprising is...I'm not getting any other option as well ;P
    – Maulik V
    Jul 22, 2015 at 4:55
  • @MaulikV How about this? it has to be guaranteed that each of us can speak the same amount as others do.
    – jihoon
    Jul 22, 2015 at 5:15
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    I've noticed that your questions are sometimes more on the 'proofreading' side, that is, you are trying to come up with natural-sounding expressions. You might try using the lang-8 website for that purpose. Jul 22, 2015 at 5:35

1 Answer 1


They mean the same thing, but neither is particularly naturally worded. The passive construction and verb choice make them a bit awkward, I think. Consider the following alternatives:

I would like us to all speak the same amount in our group.

We should allot everyone equal time to speak.

or, if you'd like the phrase to be more imperative,

We must ensure that each member of our group receives equal speaking time.


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