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    Default two women were not

    1-Two women were not working on the project. Five were.

    Can't this mean two different things:
    a-It is not true that two women were working on the project. Five women were working on it.
    (I think in this case "1" could be said in reply to "Two women were working on the project.")

    b-There were seven women in all. Two were not working on the project and five were.


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    Default Re: two women were not

    Both interpretations are possible.

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    Default Re: two women were not

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    1-Two women were not working on the project. Five were.

    Can't this mean two different things:
    a-It is not true that two women were working on the project. Five women were working on it.
    (I think in this case "1" could be said in reply to "Two women were working on the project.")

    b-There were seven women in all. Two were not working on the project and five were.


    Gratefully,
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    Both.

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    Default Re: two women were not

    1-Two women were not working on the project. Five were.
    This is very unnatural.

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    Default Re: two women were not

    For 1, I'd rather say something like "There were not two women working on the project. There were five!"
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 21-Aug-2013 at 08:11. Reason: Deleting '/they'.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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