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    sign to somebody to do something

    Hi,

    She signalled to the children to come inside.

    In my opinion, this sentence has two meanings. For example:

    Meaning 1: She signalled for the children to come inside. (she gave the children a sign so that they came inside).

    Meaning 2
    : She signalled to the children in order to come inside. (In this sentence, she gives a sign to the children because she wants to come)

    Is what I try to tell you right?

    Thanks.

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    Re: sign to somebody to do something

    I don't understand your second meaning; 'in order to' makes no sense there....

    Oh, I get it. She's outside and the door's locked. In that case, your 'because she wants' [usually 'wanted'] makes that clear. I don't think 'She signalled to the children to come inside' is ambiguous. If you signal someone it's because you want them to do something.

    b

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