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    English Language: Interpretation of this sentence?

    "@Everybody: Please note, if you forget to send in BOTH an ability AND to vote, there WILL be consequences."

    Which interpreation is correct, 1, 2 or 3?

    1.

    A) If you send in an ability and vote = No Consequence.

    B) If you send in an ability but do not vote = Consequence.

    C)
    If you forget to send in an ability but vote = Consequence.

    D)
    If you forget to send in an ability and do not vote = Consequence.

    OR

    2.

    A) If you send in an ability and vote = No Consequence.

    B) If you send in an ability but do not vote = No Consequence.

    C) If you forget to send in an ability but vote = No Consequence.

    D) If you forget to send in an ability and do not vote = Consequence.

    OR

    3.

    Other. Please specify.


    Edit:
    The context:
    This question is a note, by the game master for a game (mafia/assassin game).
    Each player can vote once per day. They also are given abilities, to send in to the game master, which they can also do every day.
    You vote inside a voting thread. You send in abilities via personal messaging the game master.

    Edit 2:
    Can you please be specific and actually state 1, 2 or 3.
    If 3, then explain why (basically, if you don't think 1 or 2 is the correct interpretation).
    It isn't very helpful to me, if you're going to just ignore my question.
    Last edited by geass11; 25-May-2015 at 20:09.

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    #2

    Re: English Language: Interpretation of this sentence?

    What is an "ability"?

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    #3

    Re: English Language: Interpretation of this sentence?

    There is nothing about voting. It only says that you have to send in a "to vote" as well as "an ability". Neither of those things are meaningful in English. Grammatically, the meaning is that there will be consequences if you do not send in both an "ability" and a "to vote". You have to send both in for there not to be consequences.
    Perhaps it would make sense as "If you forget BOTH to send in an 'ability' and to vote, there will be consequences."

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    Re: English Language: Interpretation of this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    What is an "ability"?
    It's for a game.

    For instance, an ability to kill.
    Example: I personal message the game master to use my kill ability on MikeNewYork.
    You would die, when the phase ends.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    There is nothing about voting. It only says that you have to send in a "to vote" as well as "an ability". Neither of those things are meaningful in English. Grammatically, the meaning is that there will be consequences if you do not send in both an "ability" and a "to vote". You have to send both in for there not to be consequences.
    Perhaps it would make sense as "If you forget BOTH to send in an 'ability' and to vote, there will be consequences."
    1 or 2?



    ^ That was a response I got a while back in yahoo answers. However, somebody told me the question I asked didn't clearly explain what leads to a consequence and what doesn't. Hence this new question.

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    Re: English Language: Interpretation of this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    What is an "ability"?
    Context added to my original post.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    There is nothing about voting. It only says that you have to send in a "to vote" as well as "an ability". Neither of those things are meaningful in English. Grammatically, the meaning is that there will be consequences if you do not send in both an "ability" and a "to vote". You have to send both in for there not to be consequences.
    Perhaps it would make sense as "If you forget BOTH to send in an 'ability' and to vote, there will be consequences."
    1, 2 or 3?
    Please answer the question...

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    #6

    Re: English Language: Interpretation of this sentence?

    As Raymott says, both is in the wrong place. As you have to do both things to avoid consequences, then logically if you only do one or none, you will pay for it IMO.

    Send in ability and vote
    Send in ability
    Vote
    Do neither

    However, what will gamers think? People tend to read instructions fast and carelessly if at all, so you could make things 100% clear by using 1) and 2).
    Last edited by Tdol; 25-May-2015 at 18:36.

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    Re: English Language: Interpretation of this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    However, what will gamers think? People tend to read instructions fast and carelessly if at all, so you could make things 100% clear by using 1) and 2).
    When I asked a couple of people, the decisions were split. Most of them are foreigners though, whose first language isn't English.
    Hence, I wanted to know what the more accurate interpretation was, from an 'Editors/English Teachers' point of view.

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    Re: English Language: Interpretation of this sentence?

    Was your intended meaning the one I gave?

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    #9

    Re: English Language: Interpretation of this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Was your intended meaning the one I gave?
    Yes.
    My stance was interpreation 1 (http://prntscr.com/79ao1u).

    It's just the GameMaster and a couple of others, disagreed with me (interpretation 2).
    That was like two years ago. I decided to re-ask the question, to those members again. To see if they changed their mind since then.
    This was the reasoning given by one of the members who disagreed with me:
    http://i.imgur.com/EnhNXna.png
    Last edited by geass11; 25-May-2015 at 19:39.

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    #10

    Re: English Language: Interpretation of this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by geass11 View Post
    Context added to my original post.


    1, 2 or 3?
    Please answer the question...
    Obviously it's 3, other. I've explained why already. I answered the question.

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