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    like/restrictive/non-restrictive

    1) I am an engineer like John.
    Does this mean:
    a) I am an engineer and of the type John is.
    or
    b) I am an engineer and so is John.

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    2) I am not an engineer like John.

    Does this mean:
    a) I am an engineer but not of the type John is.

    or
    b) Unlike John, I am not an engineer.


    It seems to me that both are ambiguous.


    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    Re: like/restrictive/non-restrictive

    For sentence one, A is right. If want it to mean B, say:

    I am an engineer, like John.

    For sentence two, A is right.

    I wouldn't use sentence B at all.

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