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I can hop and sing.

What does sentence imply:

  1. I can do two actions at the same time.
  2. I can hop first and then sing.
  3. I can do each action.

I probably guess that #3 is definitly ok, but what about 1 and 2? Which one does the sentence closely mean?

  • The doubled degree of conditionality in "probably guessing" clashes with the certainty of "definitely!" (Check your spelling there!) – P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica Jul 3 '16 at 19:45
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Number 3 would be closest, but number 1 might be thought of, depending on the context. It would be very rare for this sentence to have number 2's meaning.

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    I agree; for the sentence in the question, Interpretation #2 seems unlikely. However, as you correctly point out, context can change things around. For example, if I say, "Let's do dinner and a movie," there's a good chance I mean, "Let's go out to dinner, and then go see a movie." – J.R. Jul 3 '16 at 17:27

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