Cited from p. 12 Introduction to Mathematical Thinking by Keith Devlin.
Sisters reunited after ten years in checkout line at Safeway
Ambiguities in newspaper headlines—which are generally ...
Suppose I'll be seeing the doctor again after the first appointment and I have noticed one thing: today, I drank water three more times than before, but I believe this sentence is ambiguous in that it ...
A is 178cm tall, and here is the conversation between A and B.
A: I am 180cm tall
B: yes/no, that’s nearly true.
Are both yes and no acceptable? If not, what does whether yes or no is suitable depend ...
a. Tom gave a present to all of us.
b. Tom gave a present to each of us.
c. Tom gave a present to every one of us.
In which case
Tom gave each person a present
and in which case
He gave one present ...
a. A discussion of his behavior when he was under the influence of medications was helpful to him.
b. A discussion of his behavior, when he was under the influence of medications, was helpful to him.
a. I eat more greasy food than he does.
Is that sentence ambiguous?
I think it could mean
I eat food that is more greasy than he food he eats.
I eat a bigger amount of greasy food than he does.
a. He dated two women in New York and Los Angeles.
b. He dated two women, in New York and Los Angeles.
c. He dated two women in New York and in Los Angeles.
d. He dated two women, in New York and in ...
I wonder how do native speakers interpret the following sentences. Are they ambiguous? Is Y decreasing or increasing in the following examples (1-4)?
The strength of X increases with Y.
The strength ...
First I am not a native english speaker
Today there was a meeting with the tech hardware department where i work
One of that department suggested that I should have another meeting with the title of &...
Whether to use a plus sign or an open block for list continuations is up to you.
However, since open blocks cannot be nested, it is better to preserve them for those cases where they do not have an ...
I have been trying to figure out how words are categorized into parts of speech. The way I understand it, words can only be included into various parts of speech depending on their meaning and usage ...
Consider that Alex is the son of Bob. Alex's mother (wife of Bob) is Caren and the grandmother of Alex (mother of Bob) is Deb.
Now Alex (son of Bob) killed Deb (mother of Bob), if I want to say that ...
I'm arguing with my girlfriend (we are not native English speakers), what is the proper form, go back home or come back home.
For example, consider two versions:
I will go to the office and then go ...
a. It wasn't only Tom who was furious when he was fouled. I was too.
b. Tom wasn't the only one who was furious when he was fouled. I was too.
Could those be used if the intended meaning is
Tom was ...
How do I describe exactly in what way this hose was cut?
We have at least two ways to cut a hose in the middle. To simplify it, I'll use a bottle as an example.
1) Cutting the hose from the opening. ...