The title is an answer in this forum repackaged as a question. Is it always so clear?
Consider the statement “There were more intelligent physicists than Albert Einstein.” Some physicists were even ...
When John walked in, I had just missed your call.,
Does that mean
When John walked in, I had missed your call by a very narrow margin. I almost managed to get it.
I had missed your call a moment ...
a. They are going to publish the CIA files on Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe.
Can't that sentence have two meanings:
They are going to publish the CIA files on Kennedy and those on Marilyn Monroe.
a. I do not believe that anything he says is true.
Isn't that sentence ambiguous?
First meaning: I believe that nothing he says is true.
Second meaning: I do not believe that just anything he says is ...
a. He accused me of lying justifiably.
Is the above sentence ambiguous?
I think that in theory it means:
b. He accused me of justifiably lying.
but I think in practice it can also mean (people use it ...
a. I risked my life for Jeff, and I want you to know that I'd risk my life for every one of you.
b. I risked my life for Jeff, and I want you to know that I'd risk my life for each of you.
c. I risked ...
I know that nowadays in American informal English “should” almost always means “ought to”, as in “I should treat my family well”, but that it can also mean “if” or “in the event that”, as in “Should ...
I read through this website forum and others regarding abstract nouns and whether they are countable or uncountable. This link Abstract nouns: countable and uncountable provides an answer but it doesn'...
Have you ever turned down job offers?
a. Yes. If I don't like a job, I won't take it. I have turned down many job offers. As a matter of fact, yesterday, I turned down one for three thousand dollars a ...
a. He doesn't know if someone has entered his apartment in his absence.
b He doesn't know if a neighbor has entered his apartment in his absence.
c. He doesn't know if one of his neighbors has entered ...
Settling a debate about the following sentence:
“When you exit the gate, on the right hand side, a homeless person is there.”
The sentence was spoken verbally, if that changes things.
I feel that at ...
a. She didn't know that one of my friends was a policeman.
b. She didn't know that two of my friends were policemen.
Is it possible that I had other friends who were policemen but she knew about them?
a. Each of us might get fired tomorrow.
b. We might each get fired tomorrow.
c. All of us might get fired tomorrow.
d. We might all get fired tomorrow.
e. Every ...
a. Pete's and Tom's computers were stolen.
Could the sentence be used if each had one computer?
Could the sentence be used if one had one computer and the other had more?
Could the sentence be used if ...
a. Jeff's friends went to Sally's place and talked to her father.
Does that necessarily mean all of Jeff's friends went to Sally's place and talked to her father?
b. I knew that if I gave the flash ...
Neelima, my best friend / and the Head of this department / are leaving / on Monday./no error
I came across this sentence in my exam, I couldn't figure out if the head of this department and Neelima ...
How many of your high school friends are you still in touch with and how good is your relationship with them?
Is the above sentence grammatical and meaningful?
Does 'them' refer to 'your high school ...
a. He told me how he was arrested.
b. He told me about how he was arrested.
c. He told me the way he was arrested.
d.He told me about the way he was arrested.
I know (a) could have two meanings. It ...