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    a. What I said was to declare allegiance to the new ruling party.

    Does (a) mean
    1. I said: 'I declare allegiance to the new ruling party.'
    or
    2. The purpose of what I said was to declare allegiance to the new ruling party,

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    #2

    Re: what I said part I

    Quote Originally Posted by azz View Post
    a. What I said was to declare allegiance to the new ruling party.

    Does (a) mean
    1. I said: 'I declare allegiance to the new ruling party.'
    or
    2. The purpose of what I said was to declare allegiance to the new ruling party,
    Both interpretations are possible. The original sentence is not as clear, or as natural, as your two interpretations.

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    Re: what I said part I

    And there's another possibility: 'What I said was that you should declare allegiance...' And the moral of THAT is, be careful with 'What I said'..

    (What I said was that you should use it with care - which doesn't mean 'avoid it'.)

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