a. As our enemies are joining forces, so should we.

b. We should join forces as our enemies are.

c. We should join forces, as our enemies are.

Which could mean

  1. We should join forces because our enemies are.


I think they could all mean

  1. We should join forces while our enemies are.

  2. We should join forces in the same way our enemies are.

Is that correct?

Many thanks.

  • 1
    It should really be "...as our enemies do", because "join" is something you do, not something you are.
    – stangdon
    Aug 19, 2022 at 11:30
  • Thank you Stangdon. The idea was that We should join forces as our enemies are JOINING FORCES.
    – azz
    Aug 19, 2022 at 12:34

1 Answer 1


Yes, it's ambiguous. It might be good ambiguity (you can pack two meanings into one sentence) or bad ambiguity (the intended meaning is unclear), or not real ambiguity (if the context and background knowledge makes the intent clear).

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