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    #1

    My best friends and family

    Hi,
    So this conversation happened between 2 people in another forum:

    A:How many more events would change your opinion on this?
    B:Considering that my best friends and family are muslims, I don't see how it ever could.

    Does person B mean that his family are muslims ?

    PS: 1.I guess muslims is wrong because I see a red line under that!
    2. I have no intention to discuss this topic here. I just want to know what I ask.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 23-Mar-2016 at 22:09. Reason: Removed formatting to tidy up the text

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    #2

    Re: My best friends and family

    His best friends and his family are all Muslims. The red line in your browser is because you did not capitalize "Muslims."

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    #3

    Re: My best friends and family

    It might have been clearer had he written "My family and best friends are Muslims". As it was written, it appears he has "best friends" and a "best family".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: My best friends and family

    Or "My best friends and my family ..."
    The original could possibly also mean "My best friends and their families ...."

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    #5

    Re: My best friends and family

    As a native speaker of English, I am not confused by the meaning of "my best friends and family are Muslims." I interpret it as meaning "my best friends and my family are Muslims."
    Translator, editor and TESOL certificate holder, but not a teacher.

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    Re: My best friends and family

    I wasn't confused by it either. I was 99.9% certain I knew what the original meant but I always try to point out potential ambiguities.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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