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    Default it is a crime for our boss to

    1-It is a crime for our boss to show up late for work.
    2-To show up late for work is a crime for our boss.
    3-For our boss, to show up late for work is a crime.
    4-For our boss, showing up late for work is a crime.
    5-For our boss, it is a crime to show up late for work.

    Can't all these sentences have two meanings:

    a-It would be a crime on the part of our boss if he shows up late for work
    b-Our boss considers showing up late for work a crime

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    Default Re: it is a crime for our boss to

    IMO, #1 means a). The others are different ways of expressing meaning b).
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Default Re: it is a crime for our boss to

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    1-It is a crime for our boss to show up late for work.
    2-To show up late for work is a crime for our boss.
    3-For our boss, to show up late for work is a crime.
    4-For our boss, showing up late for work is a crime.
    5-For our boss, it is a crime to show up late for work.

    Can't all these sentences have two meanings:

    a-It would be a crime on the part of our boss if he shows up late for work
    b-Our boss considers showing up late for work a crime

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    I agree with Charlie. Another way to convey the a meaning is: Our boss showing up late for work is a crime.

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