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    navi tasan is offline Key Member
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    He was talking to nobody.

    Can't this sentence mean two things:
    1-He wasn't talking to anybody. He wasn't talking at all. Maybe he was whistling.
    2-He was talking, but to an imaginary being, to somebody that didn't exist outside his deluded mind.

    Could one use "He wasn't talking to anybody." for 2?
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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    He was talking to nobody.

    Can't this sentence mean two things:
    1-He wasn't talking to anybody. He wasn't talking at all. Maybe he was whistling.
    2-He was talking, but to an imaginary being, to somebody that didn't exist outside his deluded mind.

    Could one use "He wasn't talking to anybody." for 2?
    Yes, and yes.

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    It could also mean that, rather than doing something like whistling, he was simply refusing to talk.

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    Thanks TDOL.

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