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    Default negation

    1-He did not meet two of his friends.

    Can't this sentence mean two things:

    a-It is not true that he met two of his friends. Maybe he met more or maybe he met just one friend.
    b-There were two of his friends that he did not meet. He met all the rest.

    I would say that maybe "b" is the more natural way to express the idea it expresses, but I think "1" can be used instead of it.

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    Default Re: negation

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    1-He did not meet two of his friends.

    Can't this sentence mean two things:

    a-It is not true that he met two of his friends. Maybe he met more or maybe he met just one friend.
    b-There were two of his friends that he did not meet. He met all the rest.

    I would say that maybe "b" is the more natural way to express the idea it expresses, but I think "1" can be used instead of it.

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    Navi.
    2 is more logical. 1 is possible, but it would be a strange way to communicate that.

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