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    A Great Group Of People

    Does anyone thing that the "great" in:


    ---- a great group of people


    is ambiguous? It seems that "great" could refer to the size of the group, or the "awesomeness" of the people.

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    #2

    Re: A Great Group Of People

    I don't find it ambiguous. It refers to the quality of the people.

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    Re: A Great Group Of People

    Quote Originally Posted by learningspirit View Post
    Does anyone think that the
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    #4

    Re: A Great Group Of People

    It could be ambiguous. I would probably say "a group of great people."

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    #5

    Re: A Great Group Of People

    If the speaker meant size, it would have been better to say a "large" group of people. Looking for nuance where there is no nuance is not productive.

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    Re: A Great Group Of People

    Can I say " a huge group of people"?

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    Re: A Great Group Of People

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    Can I say " a huge group of people"?
    You can in a rather informal context.

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    Re: A Great Group Of People

    Quote Originally Posted by learningspirit View Post
    Does anyone thing that the "great" in:


    ---- a great group of people


    is ambiguous? It seems that "great" could refer to the size of the group, or the "awesomeness" of the people.
    Possibly, but either way it's positive and the context should make things clear, so I don't see listeners running around holding their ears wondering what it means. There's a potential ambiguity, but not an over-riding one.
    Last edited by Tdol; 23-May-2015 at 16:57. Reason: typo

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    #9

    Re: A Great Group Of People

    Regarding SoothingDave's "a group of great people", I find the meaning slightly different.

    A group of great people = A group made up of people who are all great.
    A great group of people = A fun, enjoyable group of people although it's not necessarily the case that every single one of them is great.

    The emphasis in the first is on the individual. The emphasis in the second is on the group as a whole.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A Great Group Of People

    I don't that average people would make that distinction.

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