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    #1

    if you insult someone again

    1-If you insult someone once, you'll be forgiven. If you do it again, you'll be reprimanded.
    2-If you insult someone once, you'll be forgiven. If you repeat it, you'll be reprimanded.
    3-If you insult someone once, you'll be forgiven. If you insult someone else, you'll be reprimanded.
    4-If you insult someone once, you'll be forgiven. If you insult someone again, you'll be reprimanded.
    5-If you insult someone once, you'll be forgiven. If you insult someone twice, you'll be reprimanded.

    In which case:
    a-You will be reprimanded if you insult the same person twice
    and in which case:
    b-You will be reprimanded if you insult one person twice or two different people
    and in which case:
    c-You will be reprimanded if you insult someone other than the person you have insulted.

    I think '3' corresponds to 'c'; '1' and '2' could mean both 'a' and 'b' and '4' corresponds to 'b'. I am not at all sure about '5' but I think it means 'a'.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    Last edited by navi tasan; 25-Jun-2014 at 13:19.

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    Re: if you insult someone again

    The way I understand these sentences is this:
    Sentence 3 could only be "c"
    The other four sentences could be understood to mean either "a" or "b."

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