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    #1

    do not know if certain

    1-They were supposed to contact our employees. We do not know if certain employees have been contacted.
    2-They were supposed to contact our employees. We do not know if certain employees have been contacted or not.


    Can't these sentences have two meanings:
    a-We do not know if any employees have been contacted.
    b-As regards certain specific employees, we do not know if they have been contacted.

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    #2

    Re: do not know if certain

    They both appear to refer to "certain" employees.

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    #3

    Re: do not know if certain

    Thank you very much Mike.

    Would the meaning change if one replaced 'certain' with 'some'?

    1a-They were supposed to contact our employees. We do not know if some employees have been contacted.
    2a-They were supposed to contact our employees. We do not know if some employees have been contacted or not.

    Can't these have two meanings:

    a-We do not know if any employees have been contacted.
    b-As regards certain specific employees, we do not know if they have been contacted.

    Gratefully,
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    Re: do not know if certain

    If you want to be unambiguous, you should say, "We do not know if all employees have been contacted." or "There are some employees who we are not sure have been contacted." or "We do not know if any employees have contacted."
    Changing'certain' to 'some' doesn't help.
    Last edited by Raymott; 30-Mar-2014 at 02:21.

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