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Does "I saw a blue car and bus" mean "blue bus" or any coloured bus?

I've read through the responses, and I see a lack of agreement of responses, so I'll speak to my experience as a native speaker with some insight into language. First, the idea that the construction ...
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"oral communication" vs "speech communication"

The phrase “speech communication” is not generally used in English. Webster’s defines speech as “the communication or expression of thoughts in spoken words” - in other words, the concept of ...
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Does "I saw a blue car and bus" mean "blue bus" or any coloured bus?

I'm a non-English speaker who has immersed himself in this language for over 20 years. To me, this sentence should read as: I saw a blue car and a bus. And, with or without "a", I would ...
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Does "I saw a blue car and bus" mean "blue bus" or any coloured bus?

I'm adding another answer, as all the other answers completely miss the point of this question. OP, Ambiguity has no connection, at all - utterly no connection - in any way - whatsoever - to grammar. ...
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Does "I saw a blue car and bus" mean "blue bus" or any coloured bus?

I'm fairly confident in saying that your example sentence: "I saw a blue car and bus" is not grammatically correct English, and also not something a native speaker would ever normally ...
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Does "I saw a blue car and bus" mean "blue bus" or any coloured bus?

The structure of the sentence suggests to me that the car and the bus are a set in some way. Otherwise I would expect to expand it to “I saw a blue car and I saw bus”, which makes no sense. As a blue ...
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Does "I saw a blue car and bus" mean "blue bus" or any coloured bus?

It means "a blue bus". After "and" you can omit repeated words. In this way: I saw a car and (a) bus I saw a blue car and (a blue) bus
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Does "I saw a blue car and bus" mean "blue bus" or any coloured bus?

As commented, OP's example is a bit "weird". But here are two different versions of a common assertion that manifests the same potential ambiguity, showing how native Anglophones resolve ...
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Does "I saw a blue car and bus" mean "blue bus" or any coloured bus?

On its own, it does not imply that the bus is blue. But it probably is, because if the colour of the bus isn't blue you would probably mention that fact. But in natural contexts, the listener might ...
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Are imperfectly constructed sentences understandable?

My direct answer is that no, I didn't easily understand what you meant. I had to stop and think about it, and without your explanation I might have constructed an alternative meaning. But to encourage ...
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Meaning of "namely to the increasing complexity of regional distribution and exchange systems"

To put some of the ideas in the comments into an answer: beyond refers to that which lies on the far side of some kind of limit or barrier: The city lies beyond the mountain range. The mountain ...
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Meaning of "namely to the increasing complexity of regional distribution and exchange systems"

The Akrotirian potters seem to have responded to pressures beyond their households, namely to the increasing complexity of regional distribution and exchange systems. These potters started to produce ...
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Stress of word 'flagrant' /ˈfleɪɡrənt/ is Flagrant or FLAgrant or something else?

Stress is based on syllables. A syllable is stressed. In particular, the nucleus of the syllable, the vowel, is stressed. So /ˈfleɪ.ɡrənt/ (with a syllable division before /g/ means that the first ...
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Are imperfectly constructed sentences understandable?

The right phrase is "regardless of what your friend is saying", not just "regardless", and please note that it's not the same as the word "regarding". Since "...
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Is "covered wagons rolling access the prairies" wrong?

This example is a sentence fragment, not a complete sentence. In particular it is a noun phrase, headed by the noun "wagons" modified by the adjective "covered" and the participle &...
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How to explain, "listen" has 5 sounds while its pronunciation is `/ˈlɪsn/`? Why not 4 sounds?

"Listen" actually can have either 5 or 4 sounds, but the difference is not important in English. So don't worry too much about it. Both [ˈlɪsn] and [ˈlɪsən] are possible pronunciations: they ...
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How to explain, "listen" has 5 sounds while its pronunciation is `/ˈlɪsn/`? Why not 4 sounds?

Base on the information given by IMSoP, with Cambridge dictionary https://dictionary.cambridge.org/pronunciation/english/listen /ˈlɪs.ən/ There are 5 sounds.
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How to explain, "listen" has 5 sounds while its pronunciation is `/ˈlɪsn/`? Why not 4 sounds?

How to explain, "listen" has 5 sounds while its pronunciation is /ˈlɪsn/? The word is pronounced as two syllables, not a single syllable ending in a consonant cluster, so you need to have a ...
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Position of stress in 3-letter-abbreviation: BBC and DVD

Somebody may come along later with better sources, but I think the reality here is that acronyms like this are often pronounced with fairly even stress, so marking a "correct" stress pattern ...
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Why /ˈlem.ən/ (Cambridge dictionary - UK voice) but read like /ˈlemən/ (Oxford dictionary - UK voice)?

Syllables are hard. An English syllable can generally be understood to have a nucleus that is a vowel or dipthong, a initial sound that is a consonant or blend of consonants and a coda that is also a ...
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