If I write the following sentence, how would it be understood?

She took a shower, and she called for pizza delivery twelve minutes ago.

Would "twelve minutes ago" be understood to apply to both the actions, or just the last one?


The sentence structurally implies that she first took a shower and that twelve minutes before you wrote the sentence, she called to ask for a pizza to be delivered somewhere, probably to her place.

The 12-minute gap applies only to the time before the phone call for the pizza, not to when she took a shower. It could be the answer to the question:

Q: What did she do today?
A: She took a shower. She also called for a pizza twelve minutes ago.

To make connections, other words are needed, e.g.:

She finished taking a shower twelve minutes ago, and then she called to have a pizza delivered.

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