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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol

    To get an alternative reading and group them three with 'decide', I'd shove a comma in before 'if'- that way they'd link together naturally.
    As I said to Cas, my interpretation doesn't group them three with "decide", but with "if they". Still do you think we need a comma before "if" in order to group them with "if they"?

    Plus, could you give me your comments on this one?:

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    Is it possible when you have "S+ can+do1+do2+do3", the auxiliary verb works only for "do1"?

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    Re: questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    Before that, tdol's comments. :wink:
    No worries. I'll leave you to tdol's expertise. By the way, Taka, have you had a chance to see blacknomi's response to your post? 8)

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    Is it possible when you have "S+ can+do1+do2+do3", the auxiliary verb works only for "do1"?

    That would depend on the conjunctions, etc. What did you have in mind? Logically, they would all follow, so there would have to be something to break the chain.

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    Re: questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    Before that, tdol's comments. :wink:
    No worries. I'll leave you to tdol's expertise. By the way, Taka, have you had a chance to see blacknomi's response to your post? 8)
    If there is anything wrong with my post, please let me know. :)

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    Re: questions

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    If there is anything wrong with my post, please let me know.
    Nothing wrong with your answer for the Question #1. In fact, my interpretation is 100% the same as yours.

    As for the Question #2, I think I need further discussion with tdol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    there would have to be something to break the chain.
    Then what is it that breaks the chain here?

    There is no conjuntion between "people can change" and "make...and get to work". Why can it be like "people can change...(and people) make...and get to work"?

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    I really must apologise- reading back, I see I misread the question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I really must apologise- reading back, I see I misread the question.
    That's alright. :) But then, how do you interpret the sentence?

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    tdol?

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    OK- I'd added a 'can' to my mind's eye, without which I have to interpretation completely.

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