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    Arrow ambiguous example

    1.Yesterday, Lowa saw a dog in the garden.
    "in the garden" modifies the verb "saw" or the object "dog"?
    This ambiguity happens in other languages as well.
    Sometimes, how do you solve it? thanks

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    Re: ambiguous example

    Quote Originally Posted by ambiguous View Post
    1.Yesterday, Lowa saw a dog in the garden.
    Does "in the garden" modifiy the verb "saw" or the object "dog"?
    It clearly modifies "a dog".

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    Re: ambiguous example

    Quote Originally Posted by ambiguous View Post
    1.Yesterday, Lowa saw a dog in the garden.
    "in the garden" modifies the verb "saw" or the object "dog"?
    It refers to both, because the dog is in the garden. [See below*]
    This ambiguity happens in other languages as well.
    Sometimes, how do you solve it? thanks
    Ambiguities can usually be solved by common sense and context.
    If a sign says "Dogs must be carried on the escalators", you don't need to look for a dog just to use the escalator.
    (Of course, that's no excuse for ambiguities.)

    * Anyway, you're asking the wrong question. It should be "Does 'in the garden' refer to the dog or Lowa?"

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