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    Are these sentences correct:

    1-He didn't like his life, the life that was ahead of him.
    2-He didn't like his life, not the life that was ahead of him.
    3-He didn't like his life, not the life that was ahead of him, but the one he had had until then.

    I think 1 and 2 mean the same. Obviously 3 means something quite different.
    My problem is with 2. Can't it actually mean two things?
    a-He didn't like the life that was ahead of him.
    b-He disliked his life, but not the one that was ahead of him. If I saw that sentence I'd assume it meant 'a', but isn't it possible that it could mean 'b'?

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    Default Re: not usage

    The first one would be better as:
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    He didn't like his prospects.

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    He didn't like where his life was heading.

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    He didn't like the way his future looked.



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    Default Re: not usage

    For the second one, try:
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    He didn't like his life--not the life that was in front of him, but the life he was living presently.
    Or, simply say:
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    He didn't like his life.
    (It's the second and third sentences that are identical in meaning.)


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