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    #1

    died for the betrayal

    Is this sentence correct:
    1) He died for the betrayal of his brother.


    Can't it have two meanings:
    a) He died because his brother betrayed him.
    b) He died because he betrayed his brother.

    I think the sentence is correct and ambiguous. But that form is rare. Normally it wouldn't be phrased that way in either case.

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    #2

    Re: died for the betrayal

    Only meaning b) is possible IMO.

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    #3

    Re: died for the betrayal

    I only get b) from it too.

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    #4

    Re: died for the betrayal

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Is this sentence correct:
    1) He died for the betrayal of his brother.

    More likely is:

    He died because he betrayed his brother.

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