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    #1

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    A-This dog will not do anything you want it to do.

    Is this sentence not ambiguous:
    1-It will do nothing you want it to do.
    2-It won't do all the things you want it to do.
    (Perhaps for this meaning one would better use:
    This dog will not do just anything you want it to do.)

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    #2

    Re: anything

    Your understanding is correct. I was thinking "adding just might help" and you did it yourself.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: anything

    The trickiness of English.
    'This dog will not do just anything you want it to do' implies it has to be a specific request that it knows (and will therefore do!).

    'This dog will do nothing that you want it to do'' may seem odd but think of it the other way round: whatever I want this dog to do it will do nothing.

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    #4

    Re: anything

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    A-This dog will not do anything you want it to do.

    Is this sentence not ambiguous:
    1-It will do nothing you want it to do.
    2-It won't do all the things you want it to do.
    (Perhaps for this meaning one would better use:
    This dog will not do just anything you want it to do.)
    I read it as no matter what command you give the dog, he does not obey.

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    #5

    Re: anything

    ****************Not a teacher******************************

    i dint find it ambiguous

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    #6

    Re: anything

    Quote Originally Posted by twice_bitten View Post
    ****************Not a teacher******************************

    i dint find it ambiguous
    Welcome, twice.

    What was your understanding then?

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