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    on all occasions

    1-I can't help him every time he really needs my help.
    2-I can't help him on all occasions when he really needs my help.

    Can't these sentences mean two things:

    a-Every time he really needs my help, I can't help him. I can never help him when he really needs my help.
    b-I can only help him only on some of the occasions when he really needs my help.

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    Navi.

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    Re: on all occasions

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    1-I can't help him every time he really needs my help.
    2-I can't help him on all occasions when he really needs my help.

    Can't these sentences mean two things:

    a-Every time he really needs my help, I can't help him. I can never help him when he really needs my help.
    b-I can only help him only on some of the occasions when he really needs my help.

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    Navi.
    1 means 2.

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    Re: on all occasions

    Thank you very much Bhaisahab,

    I can see that, but the question was whether they both can't have two different meanings: "a" and "b". Their more usual meaning would be "b" I suppose, but I think they can both mean "a" as well.

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    Re: on all occasions

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Thank you very much Bhaisahab,

    I can see that, but the question was whether they both can't have two different meanings: "a" and "b". Their more usual meaning would be "b" I suppose, but I think they can both mean "a" as well.

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    Navi.
    Not in my opinion.

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