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    Default engineers at our office

    1-I talked to the engineers at our office.

    Can't this sentence have two meanings:

    a-At our office, I talked to the engineers It has previously been specifiec what engineers we are talking about.
    b-I talked to the engineers who work at our office. Maybe I talked to them outside the office.

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    Default Re: engineers at our office

    90% of the time it will mean the engineers who work at our office.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: engineers at our office

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    90% of the time it will mean the engineers who work at our office.
    91.374%.
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    Default Re: engineers at our office

    There is a potential for ambiguity, but it is whether the speaker was at the office or not. It could mean you went to the office and talked to the engineers there. Or it could mean you talked (on the phone) to the engineers who were at the office.

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    Default Re: engineers at our office

    Yes. Expressed grammatically, it depends whether the prepositional phrase 'at our office' is interpreted as a deferred sentence adverbial (reading (a)) or as a simple adnominal postmodifer to the noun 'engineers' (reading (b)).

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