a. The fruit I tasted was very soft and sweet.
It seems to me that (a) is ambiguous. It could mean
- The fruit I ate was very soft and very sweet.
- The fruit I tasted was very soft and it was also sweet.
depending on the context.
Would you say that is correct?
How can one avoid 'very' modifying 'sweet'?
Do these work
b. The fruit I tasted was sweet and very soft.
c. The fruit I tasted was sweet and also very soft.
d. The fruit I tasted was very soft, and sweet.
I think (d) might work in spoken English, but it still seems ambiguous to me. 'And sweet' seems to have been added on as an afterthought, and it is not clear whether the speaker meant 'very sweet' or just 'sweet'.