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    #1

    ambiguity again

    1-If you stay at many hotels in this neighborhood, you will have to pay a lot of money.

    2-If you stay at many of the hotels in this neighborhood, you will have to pay a lot of money.

    MEANING: Many of the hotels in this neighborhood are costly.

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    Re: ambiguity again

    Thanks a lot Gil,

    This is really complicated! I think I see your point.

    On the other hand, if I say:

    A-If you go to many doctors, they will tell you this medication is very effective.

    That would mean:
    A1-Most doctors say this medication is very effective.


    And if I say:
    B-If you eat many of the things you see here, you'll get food poisoning.

    The sentence could either mean:
    B1-Most of the things you see here would give you food poisoning.
    or:
    B2-If you eat a large quantity of the things you see here, you will get food poisoning.

    And if say:
    C-If you eat many things from those that you see here you'll get food poisoning.
    It will only mean B2.

    Am I on the right track?!

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