1

Read the following sentences.

He has more useful information.

The sentence meant that the information was more useful. If I want to tell the information is more, what do I say? I think

I have more information that is useful.

4
  • 1
    As pointed out, your first phrasing is ambiguous. But He has additional useful information isn't. Commented Jun 7, 2022 at 11:57
  • Then , is the following unambiguous
    – Bla Bbaa
    Commented Jun 7, 2022 at 12:03
  • He has more vintage cars .But I do find these ambiguous
    – Bla Bbaa
    Commented Jun 7, 2022 at 12:03
  • I've never encountered "more vintage" being used with the sense "older" (more obviously falling into the category "vintage cars"). As with, say, "classic", adjectival "vintage" isn't "gradable", so there's no scope for ambiguity there. Commented Jun 7, 2022 at 12:14

1 Answer 1

2

The statement is ambiguous.

More can be understood to modify both information and useful.

So the statement can mean either that:

  1. He has more information that is useful

or

  1. He has information that is more useful.

To make the meaning clear, you have to choose between them.

2
  • How do I remove the ambiguity then
    – Bla Bbaa
    Commented Jun 7, 2022 at 13:56
  • You rewrite it in one of the two ways I have illustrated, depending on what you intend. Commented Jun 7, 2022 at 14:38

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .