1 - How to resolve ambiguity of "stand".
First, my main question is how to resolve and work with the ambiguity of the verb "stand". It's ambiguous in a sense that it can mean both "to be in a standing position" and "to get into a standing position". For instance, the following are ambiguous:
- "Everyone stood when the President came in" (Was everyone already standing before the President came in or did everyone stand only after the President came in?)
- "Some people stood for the opening of the guest speaker's speech." (Did the people stand up for the opening of the speech, or did they stand up and remain standing for the duration, or did they simply remain standing for the opening?)
Am I correct in my thinking above? And how, in general, does one know which meaning is intended, or how does one write such that the meaning is unambiguous?
2 Synonyms for Stand? And is there ambiguity issues there too?
Secondarily, I'm looking for some choices to describe "being in" or "getting into" a standing position, but I want to be careful about potential ambiguity. Towards this effort, I have researched and come across the following:
- I read that "stand up" can have both of these meanings and it's also thus ambiguous.
- Can the phrases "get up" and "get to one's feet" mean both "being in" and "getting into a standing position"?
- As I understand it, "rise" is unambiguous, meaning "to get into a standing position" and not "to be in a standing position"
- Any other synonyms / phrases I could use?
Am I correct in my research above? Are there other similar words or phrases that mean either "being in" or "getting into" a standing position that I can use without the inherent ambiguity?
I welcome any kind of clarification of how to deal with this kind of ambiguity: specifically in regards to stand and it's synonyms, or some more general rule that would cover this and other cases.