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    the new manager's assistant?

    How could you understand the phrase "the new manager's assistant"? I think it can be understood in two ways, 'the new assistant of the manager' or 'the assistant of the new manager', it is apparent that they are strongly different in meaning.Could you please share your opinion on this problem with me?Thank you very much!

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    Re: the new manager's assistant?

    My first thought was the assistant to the new manager.
    If you mean the other, you should say "the manager's new assistant."

    But you're right, it could be the new [manager's assistant].
    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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