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    #1

    why he might have,,,

    1) Here is a list of the reasons why he might have quit his job.
    2) Here is a list of reasons why he might have quit his job.

    Aren't these sentences ambiguous?

    Case a: We know he has quit his job, but we are not sure why. Here is a list of (the) possible reasons.

    Case b: I think he might have quit his job, I am not sure. But here is a list of (the) reasons why I think he might have quit his job, (In this case he might not have quit his job at all. I just think it is possible that he has)

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: why he might have,,,

    To have meaning (b), you would need to add "I think" after "why".
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