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    Default Why would anyone want to eat something so horrible?

    Thanks for checking this :)

    Why would anyone want to eat something so horrible?

    What's its likely context?

    1) I saw Jimmy ate garlic. I thought garlic is horrible, and I cannot understand why he ate it. So I asked Tom about his view on why Jimmy had eaten garlic. I was asking for an answer. (Jimmy needed garlic to maintain health, for example)

    2) I saw Jimmy ate garlic. I thought garlic is horrible and Jimmy is so stupid for eating it. So I told Tom I think it's stupid. I was not asking for an answer.


    3) Jimmy offered me a garlic. I'd always hated garlic and I was offensed by Jimmy's offer. So I unfriendlily said this to Jimmy.



    In my mother language, all three contexts go well with that sentence. But I'm afraid the same thing would not be true in English. Would you please help me point out the likely one or, if there's any, suggest a different one. I appreciate it.

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    Default Re: Why would anyone want to eat something so horrible?

    Another one:

    Why would anyone want to kill Jerry?

    Is Jerry already killed when the speaker is speaking?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Why would anyone want to eat something so horrible?

    With the garlic, I'd say the most likely interpretation is that I wan't looking for an answer.

    With the second, Jerry isn't necessarily dead. He could be, but it could also have become known that there were plans to murder him. However, of the two, I think it's a bit moe likely that he's dead.


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    Default Re: Why would anyone want to eat something so horrible?

    Thanks! It's been very helpful

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