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    Default Should we add another "will" here?

    In the following sentence, " I will not waiver and carry out my duties" refers to " I will not waiver and I will carry out my duties." But this form - " I will not waiver and carry out my duties" seems to mean " I will not waiver and will not carry out my duties". Should we add another "will" before "carry out"?

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      In my last year in office, I will not waiver and carry out my duties, and will remain true to my conviction, I will always be with the people.

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    Default Re: Should we add another "will" here?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    In the following sentence, " I will not waiver and carry out my duties" refers to " I will not waiver and I will carry out my duties." But this form - " I will not waiver and carry out my duties" seems to mean " I will not waiver and will not carry out my duties". Should we add another "will" before "carry out"?

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      In my last year in office, I will not waiver and carry out my duties, and will remain true to my conviction, I will always be with the people.
    It makes more sense like this:
    "In my last year in office I will not waver. I will carry out my duties, and will remain true to my convictions. I will always be with the people."

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    Default Re: Should we add another "will" here?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It makes more sense like this:
    "In my last year in office I will not waver. I will carry out my duties, and will remain true to my convictions. I will always be with the people."
    Thank you.
    So you've agreed that the meaning of " I will not waiver and carry out my duties" is ambiguous and would cause misunderstanding?

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    Default Re: Should we add another "will" here?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    Thank you.
    So you've agreed that the meaning of " I will not waiver and carry out my duties" is ambiguous and would cause misunderstanding?
    It would be ambiguous unless one reading was obviously not the intended one. This is a structure that no one should use.
    Did someone actually say this?

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    Default Re: Should we add another "will" here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It would be ambiguous unless one reading was obviously not the intended one. This is a structure that no one should use.
    Did someone actually say this?
    Yeah, the interpreter said it aloud before hundreds of reporters and some dignitaries from around the world.

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    Default Re: Should we add another "will" here?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHopeR View Post
    Yeah, the interpreter said it aloud before hundreds of reporters and some dignitaries from around the world.
    Oh, that's OK. Interpreters are allowed to get away with mistakes like that. (It must be hard to translate in real time; and the sentence is not really ambiguous in the context). I think it would be rare for a native speaker to say it spontaneously, and of course you'd never write it.

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