On world building meta I came across this sentence:
Now I truly believe that those that ask in this manner are not actually lazy and just expect us to do their work for them.
How is this sentence semantically correct? I understand from context that the negation is applied to lazy and expect, but shouldn't the sentence be like this ?
Now I truly believe that [they] are not actually lazy and don't just expect us to do their work for them.
Here it's ok with the context (even though it was a weird sentence to read), but if the two clauses where even slightly unrelated, i.e; if the first one didn't imply the second one, there would be no way to tell if the negation also applied to second clause or not.
Actually I'd expect the negation not to apply to the other clause at all, like in this sentence:
I believe he's really not intentionally disrespectful and just means well.
So is the sentence phrases in a weird way or is it normal? If so, how does it work?