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    what I said part II

    a. What I said was to convince him to help you.


    Does (a) mean

    1. My intention was to convince him to help you.
    2. What I said was what in the long run convinced him to help you (He was to become an accomplished painter. )
    3. What I said convinced him to help you.

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    Re: what I said part II

    Quote Originally Posted by azz View Post
    a. What I said was to convince him to help you.

    Does (a) mean

    1. My intention was to convince him to help you. Probably.

    2. What I said was what in the long run convinced him to help you (He was to become an accomplished painter. )
    This is one possible interpretation;
    the context would make this clear. It's not necessary to have the idea of 'in the long run'.

    3. What I said convinced him to help you.
    If that was your message, then that is what you would probably have said.
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    Re: what I said part II

    Thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
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    I agree that 'in the long run' is not necessary. But I think the effect cannot be considered to be immediate.
    (a) is not equivalent to (3).
    Am I correct?

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