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    #1

    throw it in the river like the....

    Is this sentence correct:
    1) Is he going to throw the gun in the river like the knife?

    Does it mean:
    a) Is he going to throw the gun in the river as he threw the knife in the river?


    Could it mean:
    2) Is he going to throw the gun in the river like the knife was thrown in the river?
    (In this case it is possible that he did not throw the knife in the river, but someone else did)

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: throw it in the river like the....

    throw something into the river.

    not a teacher

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    #3

    Re: throw it in the river like the....

    1) Is he going to throw the gun in the river like the knife?

    The sentence is correct. It could also mean "Is he going to throw the gun into the knife-like river?"


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    #4

    Re: throw it in the river like the....

    That would be highly unlikely, in my opinion.

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    #5

    Re: throw it in the river like the....

    Thank you both very much,

    Could one tell from the sentence whether 'he' was the one who threw the knife in the river?

    Gratefully,
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    #6

    Re: throw it in the river like the....

    No, that's not clear. All we know is that a knife was, at some point, thrown into the river.

    Note that "to throw something in the river" works in BrE. It's not necessary to use "into".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: throw it in the river like the....

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Is he going to throw the gun in the river as he threw the knife in the river?
    Can the following mean the above?
    'Is he going to throw the gun into the river like he did the knife?'

    Not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: throw it in the river like the....

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    That would be highly unlikely, in my opinion.
    Mine too. If it was blindingly obvious, I would not have bothered pointing it out. I said it could mean that, and it could.

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    #9

    Re: throw it in the river like the....

    And Navi is on a quest for the highly unlikely.

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    #10

    Re: throw it in the river like the....

    Do you mean highly unlikely nuances of meaning?

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