What does mean this sentence? Does it mean:

The picture is outraged by polite society.

or Polite society is outraged by the picture.

the picture outraged polite society


The second one is the right one: "Polite society is outraged by the picture".

Semantically, it is impossible for an image to be outraged so your first option wouldn't work, but it's also an incorrect interpretation, syntactically.

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  • What are you meaning by syntactically? and how will it be correct? – Boyep Nov 13 '19 at 14:32
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    By syntactically I mean that it's a problem of syntax, not just meaning, so even if the noun was something else it couldn't mean your first option. "The [A] [verb] [B]" doesn't mean "The [A] is [verb] by [B]". – Teleporting Goat Nov 13 '19 at 14:40
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    @Boyep The first sentence is not incorrect (not grammatically at least), but it doesn't have the same meaning as the sentence in the title. – Teleporting Goat Nov 13 '19 at 14:42

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