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    Different interpretation: Officials diverted revenue from arms sales to the rebel

    Officials diverted revenue from arms sales to the rebels (An example from Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, 5th edition).


    I concluded from the sentence that officials now have more income from dealing with rebels than selling rebels; while at the past trading arms sales comprised sizable proportion for the officials than selling arms.


    Another conclusion: Officials now selling arms to the rebels and have revenue in this way.


    Which interpretation of the sentence is correct and to the point?

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    Last edited by mehdi 100; 09-Nov-2013 at 18:09.

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    Re: Different interpretation: Officials diverted revenue from arms sales to the rebel

    IMO, it means that the officials (usually illegally) kept a part of the income of selling guns to the rebels; the money obtained did not go to the same place as the rest of that income (their boss's or superior's or government bank account).
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Different interpretation: Officials diverted revenue from arms sales to the rebel

    Quote Originally Posted by mehdi 100 View Post
    Officials diverted revenue from arms sales to the rebels .
    This could mean:

    1. Arms were sold to the rebels, and (some of) the proceeds were not paid to the person or organisation they should have been paid to.
    2. Arms were sold to someone other than the rebels, and (some of) the proceeds were paid to the rebels.

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