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A. "A business deal with Michael would be beneficial to Peter." B. "Peter agreed on a business deal with Michael."
The correctness of A leads to some confusion about B. From A, I could see that "a business deal with Michael" is a valid noun phrase, where "with Michael" modifies "a business deal".
In B, does "with Michael" modifies "business deal" or "agreed"? B has two slightly different interpretations:
B1. "Peter and Michael agreed on (signed) a business deal."
B2. "A business deal that involved Michael was agreed on (signed) by Peter."
What should I do?
It is not stated, but could be inferred, that Michael also thought the deal would be beneficial, and from B that "Michael agreed on a business deal with Peter." That is, they mutually agreed on a business deal because both men felt that it was to their mutual advantage.
Perhaps you could state the problem in a different way if you're still confused?
Last edited by 5jj; 18-Dec-2011 at 07:33.