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    and that was a good thing

    1 He thought the film was short, and that was a good thing.

    Can't this sentence have two meanings:

    a He thought that the film was short, and that that was a good thing.
    b He thought that the film was short, and it was good that he thought that.

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    Re: and that was a good thing

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    He thought the film was short, and that was a good thing .... In other words, we were lucky he thought the movie was short, because if he had known the film was so long, we would have never been able to persuade him to join us to go to the movie.

    "A good thing" is sometimes used instead of "good luck" (Itīs a good thing it is not raining, we have no umbrella.)
    Last edited by Johnyxxx; 24-Dec-2014 at 17:06.

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    Re: and that was a good thing

    I would assume he was grateful that the movie was short.
    But yes, it could mean the other.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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