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    reassurance and accusations about

    For example, because she could not accept a feeling of insecurity for a moment—or even feeling angry at Brad for a moment—she then bombarded him with demands for reassurance and accusations about his feelings, because she wanted to get rid of her feelings.
    (The Worry Cure; R. Leahy)

    Would you be so kind as to tell me whether it is possible to read it in the two following ways:

    1)she then bombarded him with accusations about his feelings and demands for reassurance;
    2)she then bombarded him with demands for reassurance [about his feelings] and accusations about his feelings.

    Thanks.




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    Re: reassurance and accusations about

    Interpretation number 1 is correct.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: reassurance and accusations about

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Interpretation number 1 is correct.
    Is interpretation number 2 wrong (and if so, why)?

    Thanks.

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    Re: reassurance and accusations about

    You need to use logic and common sense when reading potentially ambiguous sentences. Do you think it's likely that someone would bombard someone with "demands for accusations about his feelings"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: reassurance and accusations about

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You need to use logic and common sense when reading potentially ambiguous sentences. Do you think it's likely that someone would bombard someone with "demands for accusations about his feelings"?
    Here's my attempt to express 2) in clearer terms:

    2) she then bombarded him with {demands for reassurance [about his feelings]} and {with accusations about his feelings}.

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    Re: reassurance and accusations about

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    2) she then bombarded him with {demands for reassurance [about his feelings]} and {with accusations about his feelings}.
    That is theoretically possible, but I feel that ems's interpretation is far more likely.

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