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    scientists and astronauts

    Could this sentence:
    1-The scientists and astronauts came here for a visit.

    ever mean:
    People who were each both a scientists and an astronaut came here for a visit?

    I think one should say "scientist astronauts" or "scientist-astronauats" for that meaning.

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    Re: scientists and astronauts

    While some of the astronauts may have been scientists, this clearly means people in each of the two groups. It does not exclude non-astronaut scientists or non-scientist astronauts.
    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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