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    #1

    no fee to cancel most of them...

    Are these sentences correct with the given meanings:

    1) There is no fee to cancel most of your appointments.
    Meaning: As regards most of the appointments you have made, there is no fee to cancel them. But there is a cancellation fee for some of the appointments.

    2) I don't know if most of my friends will be at the party or not.
    Meaning: As regards most of my friends, I do not know if they will be at the party or not.

    I would normally interpret '2' to mean:
    Maybe most of my friends will be at the party and maybe they won't. Maybe only a few of them will be there.

    I would normally interpret '1' to mean: You won't have to pay a cancellation fee if you cancel a great number of your appointments.

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    #2

    Re: no fee to cancel most of them...

    2) is fine.
    1) would be much more natural as: "There is no cancellation fee for most of your appointments".
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    #3

    Re: no fee to cancel most of them...

    Thank you very much, Bhaisahab

    ,What does '2' mean?
    Isn't it ambiguous?

    2) I don't know if most of my friends will be at the party or not.


    Can't it mean both of the following:
    2a) As regards most of my friends, I do not know if they will be at the party or not.
    I have a number of specific friends in mind and do not know if those people will be at the party or not. I do not if Harry, Tom, Pete, Jack or Jeff will be at the party. Each of them might or might not be there.

    2b) Maybe most of my friends will be at the party and maybe they won't. Maybe only a few of them will be there. I don't necessarily have specific people in mind.

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    #4

    Re: no fee to cancel most of them...

    I would probably word 1 as "Most appointments do not attract a cancellation fee/charge".

    The way your original was worded made me think that if you choose to cancel only most of your appointments, you won't be charged, but if you choose to cancel all of them, you will incur a charge.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: no fee to cancel most of them...

    I don't find 2) ambiguous in any normal reading of it. You'd have to have a pretty twisted mind to find it so.
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    #6

    Re: no fee to cancel most of them...

    Thank you very much, Bhaisahab,

    So you would say it only means 2b, right?

    It cannot mean 2a, can it?

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    #7

    Re: no fee to cancel most of them...

    Yes, 2b.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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