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    Default like/ambiguity

    1-A gigantic monument, like an Egyptian pyramid, came into view in a clearing
    in the forest.

    2-The gigantic monument, like an Egyptian pyramid, came into view in a
    clearing in the forest.


    Do these sentences mean:
    A/The gigantic monument came into view in a clearing in the forest as an Egyptian pyramid would.

    Could they mean:
    A/The gigantic monument, which was like an Egyptian pyramid, came into view in a clearing in the forest.)

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    Default Re: like/ambiguity

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    1-A gigantic monument, like an Egyptian pyramid, came into view in a clearing
    in the forest.

    2-The gigantic monument, like an Egyptian pyramid, came into view in a
    clearing in the forest.


    Do these sentences mean:
    A/The gigantic monument came into view in a clearing in the forest as an Egyptian pyramid would. No.

    Could they mean:
    A/The gigantic monument, which was like an Egyptian pyramid, came into view in a clearing in the forest. Yes.
    Bhai.

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    Default Re: like/ambiguity

    Thank you Bhaisahab.

    How about:


    A-The gigantic monument, like an Egyptian pyramid, had no visible entrance.

    Does this sentence mean:

    a-The gigantic monument had no visible entrance, just like an Egyptian pyramid (does not have a visible entrance).
    or:
    b-The gigantic monument, which was like an Egyptian pyramid, had no visible entrance.

    I don't know anything about the pyramids actually. They might have visible entrances, although all my life I have been under the impression that they don't. This is just a grammatical question.

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    Default Re: like/ambiguity

    a) IMO

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    Default Re: like/ambiguity

    I agree - A

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    Default Re: like/ambiguity

    Yes, A.

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