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    #1

    the tape-recorders of many of the journalists

    1) The guards took away the tape-recorders of many of the journalists.
    Could this sentence be used if:
    Many of the journalists had tape-recorders and the guards took those tape-recorders away. (all the tape-recorders were taken away)


    2) The organizers of the concert did not respond to the outrageous demands of many of the musicians.

    Could this sentence be used if:
    Many of the musicians had outrageous demands but the organizers of the concert did not respond to them. (no outrageous demand was responded to)


    3) The police did not respect the political immunity of many of those present.

    Could this sentence be used if:
    Many of those present had political immunity, but the police did not respect their political immunity. (there was nobody who had political immunity and whose political immunity was respected)

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    #2

    Re: the tape-recorders of many of the journalists

    For the first sentence, this would be more clear:

    The guards took all the tape recorders away from the journalists.

    Sentences two and three are OK.

    What is political immunity?

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    Re: the tape-recorders of many of the journalists

    Thank you very much, Tarheel,

    I meant to use 'diplomatic immunity' and messed up. Sorry.

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    Re: the tape-recorders of many of the journalists

    1) I take it to mean that the guards took away many (but not all) of the tape-recorders.

    2) I agree with your interpretation.

    3) There were some people whose diplomatic immunity was respected.
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    Re: the tape-recorders of many of the journalists

    You could also say:

    The guards took away the tape recorders from the journalists who had tape recorders.

    Or:

    The guards confiscated all the tape recorders.

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    #6

    Re: the tape-recorders of many of the journalists

    1- I don't see it as meaning that all tape recorders were taken.

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    Re: the tape-recorders of many of the journalists

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    1) The guards took away the tape-recorders of many of the journalists.
    Could this sentence be used if:
    Many of the journalists had tape-recorders and the guards took those tape-recorders away. (all the tape-recorders were taken away)
    As you explained, all the tape recorders were taken away. That tells me that all the tape recorders were taken from journalists who had tape recorders.

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    Re: the tape-recorders of many of the journalists

    It's ambiguous for me. There could have been 200 journalists, each one with a tape recorder. If 150 of those tape recorders were taken away, you can say they took away the tape recorders of many of the journalists. There could also have been 200 journalists and only 150 of them had tape recorders, all of which were taken away.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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