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When you, for example, appeal to someone to do something, do I understand correctly that it can both mean that that "something" is what you want them to do OR that it is the purpose of your appeal? For example, the sentence

I appealed to her to get help.

seems to be ambiguous, am I right? Does it mean that you want her to get help or that the purpose of your appeal is to get help (for yourself)? It can mean both, can't it?

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Yes, for your example sentence, it is ambiguous, but it wouldn't be with context.

I appealed to her to get help (for her drug problem).

vs.

I was pinned under the car, when I saw her legs. I appealed to her to get help (to rescue me).

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For the 2nd situation (to get help for yourself), you can try 'I appealed to her for help.'

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