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    Two questions

    1- Is the sentence "He doesn't have anyone to listen." ambiguous? As in, could it be interpreted as both "Nobody listens to him." and "He doesn't have anyone in his life that he should listen." ?

    2- When someone asks me "Who are you talking to?", may I answer with either "To myself." or "Myself." ?

    Thank you in advance for your replies.

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    Re: Two questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Super Sonic View Post
    1- Is the sentence "He doesn't have anyone to listen." ambiguous? As in, could it be interpreted as both "Nobody listens to him." and "He doesn't have anyone in his life that he should listen." ?

    2- When someone asks me "Who are you talking to?", may I answer with either "To myself." or "Myself." ?

    Thank you in advance for your replies.
    1. No it's not ambiguous; If you wanted it to mean that he doesn't have anyone to whom he should listen, you would have to say: "He doesn't have anyone in his life that he should listen to."
    2. You could say either.

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    Re: Two questions

    Here's a context where your example might fit:

    "John can't solve his problems. Why doesn't he ask for some help?"
    "He doesn't have anyone to listen."
    "He could ask one of his teachers. They like to help students."

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