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    I am a poor student!

    I am a poor student.

    Does this sentence have double meanings?

    1. I am a poverty-stricken student.
    2. I am a miserable student.

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    "I am a poor student" does indeed have two possible meanings, thus:
    • 1. I am not a good student.
      2. I do not have much money.

    As usual, context would reveal which meaning is intended. Examples:
    • 1. I am a poor student. I don't study enough, and I get bad grades.
      2. I am a poor student. I can't buy new clothes. I can barely afford to stay in school.


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