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    Can't this sentence have two meanings:
    1-I won't be working here in two months.

    a-It'll take me more than two months to get a job here. (Let us assume that I have applied for a job here and I've been told that I'll be given one in the future, but I know it will take more than two months for me to have the jop).

    b-In two months I'll leave this place and won't have the job any more (right now I am working here).

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Can't this sentence have two meanings:
    1-I won't be working here in two months.

    a-It'll take me more than two months to get a job here. (Let us assume that I have applied for a job here and I've been told that I'll be given one in the future, but I know it will take more than two months for me to have the jop).

    b-In two months I'll leave this place and won't have the job any more (right now I am working here).
    To get the meaning in a-, you'd have to change 'in' to 'for another',

    2. I won't be working here for another two months.

    If we drop the 'another', the result is ambiguous,

    3. I won't be working here for two months.

    (3a) I'll be taking a leave of absence for two months.
    (3b) I start working here in two months.

    1- is not ambiguous. :wink:

    1- I won't be working here in two months. (I'll be leaving in two months)

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    Thanks Cas.

    I think there are other ways to interpret 3:

    3. I won't be working here for two months.

    (3c) I'll be only working here for a week.
    and even:
    (3d) I'll be working here for a lot longer than two months.

    I think even if you add "another" the sentence could have these meanings.
    Am I right?

    As for my intended meaning, could this one convey it:
    4-I won't start working here in two months.

    (I am posting a related question in a different post. This one has already got too many parts).

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    I think there are other ways to interpret 3:

    3. I won't be working here for two months.

    (3c) I'll be only working here for a week.
    (3d) I'll be working here for a lot longer than two months.
    Do you mean, "I'll be working here for only a week"? If so, I agree with both 3c and 3d.

    As for my intended meaning, could this one convey it:
    4-I won't start working here in two months.
    Sorry, what was your intended meaning for 4?

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    Thanks Cas,
    My intended meaning was:
    I'll start working here after two months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Thanks Cas,
    My intended meaning was:
    I'll start working here after two months.
    Gotcha. OK, I agree then. Sorry. It's somewhat confusing when there's no context. :D

    I won't be working here in two months. That is, not in the next two months. I'll be starting after that period.

    Again, it's suspect. Omitting 'the next' causes confusion. :wink:

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