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    Default ambiguous sentence?

    A) The woman you love didn't save your life. The woman I love did.

    Can't this mean:
    1. The woman I love saved my life.
    and also:
    2. The woman I love saved your life.

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    Default Re: ambiguous sentence?

    No. It can only mean 2.

    "Did" in the second sentence is a place-holder for the verb and its object in the first sentence, so it translates as:

    The woman you love didn't save your life. The woman I love saved your life.

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    Default Re: ambiguous sentence?

    Only second meaning is correct.

    The woman you love didn't save your life. The woman I love did (save your life).

    You only leave out that which is already present in the first sentence.

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    Default Re: ambiguous sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by rewboss
    No. It can only mean 2.

    "Did" in the second sentence is a place-holder for the verb and its object in the first sentence, so it translates as:

    The woman you love didn't save your life. The woman I love saved your life.
    How about:
    I love you.

    A. So do I.
    B. Me too.

    Would you say A and B mean I love myself?

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    Default Re: ambiguous sentence?

    No, the both mean "I love you, too". Sentence B is usually considered informal and, by some people, grammatically incorrect; sentence A is aways correct.

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