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    #1

    brought his rifle

    1) This time, he hasn't brought his rifle to threaten you, has he?
    2) This time, he hasn't brought his rifle to threaten you with, has he?
    3) This time, he hasn't brought bring his rifle to threaten you with it, has he?


    Which of the above sentences mean:
    a) This time, he hasn't brought his rifle and can't threaten you with it. Isn't that so? (Presumably, there were other occasions when he had brought his rifle and threatened you with it.)
    and which mean:
    b) This time, he does not intend to threaten you with his rifle, which he has brought with him.

    Gratefully,
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    #2

    Re: brought his rifle

    I cant tell from the sentence (#2) if the person has actually brought his rifle with him or not.

    You might want to say:

    He hasn't brought his rifle, so he can't threaten you with it, can he?

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    #3

    Re: brought his rifle

    If I had to choose one it would be #2.

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    #4

    Re: brought his rifle

    All of these are ambiguous as to whether he actually has a rifle with him or not this time, and even if he does have one, whether or not he intends to threaten the person with it.
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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    #5

    Re: brought his rifle

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    If I had to choose one it would be #2.
    Tarheel, please note that you could have used Edit Post to add this to post #2.

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    #6

    Re: brought his rifle

    This mobile device I"m using doesn't like me to edit posts.


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