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    what they say

    Can one say:
    1-What they say is contradictory.
    2-What both of them say is contradictory.
    3-What they both say is contradictory.

    These sentences could mean:
    a-They say the same things and the things they say are contradictory. They are condradicting themselves.
    but could they also mean:
    b-They are saying different things and are contradicting each other.

    I don't think the sentences could have meaning "b", but I am not sure.

    I think for that meaning one could say:
    4-The things they say are contradictory.
    5-The things the two of them say are contradictory.

    These sentences could still have mean "a" but I think they could have meaning "b" as well.

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    Re: what they say

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Can one say:
    1-What they say is contradictory.
    2-What both of them say is contradictory.
    3-What they both say is contradictory.

    These sentences could mean:
    a-They say the same things and the things they say are contradictory. They are condradicting themselves.
    but could they also mean:
    b-They are saying different things and are contradicting each other.

    I don't think the sentences could have meaning "b", but I am not sure.

    I think for that meaning one could say:
    4-The things they say are contradictory.
    5-The things the two of them say are contradictory.

    These sentences could still have mean "a" but I think they could have meaning "b" as well.
    You're right. All of your sentences are ambiguous. 4 and 5 don't solve the problem.
    You've come up with:
    "They are contradicting themselves" for a, and:
    "They are contradicting each other" for b.
    Why not use them?

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