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    #1

    beating someone up

    Is this sentence correct:
    1) Let's say that there is ten percent probability of serious injury as a result of beating someone up.

    Obviously, the person who is beaten up will sustain the serious injury, not the one who is doing the beating up!

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    Re: beating someone up

    [Not a street fighter]
    The sentence is ambiguous. There is usually a risk to both unless weapons are used.

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    #3

    Re: beating someone up

    The sentence says that if I beat someone up, there's a ten-percent chance I'll suffer a serious injury.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: beating someone up

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The sentence says that if I beat someone up, there's a ten-percent chance I'll suffer a serious injury.
    That doesn't follow from the construction of the sentence though.
    "There's a ninety percent probability of collateral damage as a result of dropping a bomb on an enemy stronghold." What does this one mean?

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    Re: beating someone up

    It is theoretically ambiguous, but the person who is beaten up is generally the one that suffers the greater injuries, so I would assume that the logical interpretation is that sentence refers to the victim. I think that the person would probably have made it more specific if referring to the person doing the beating.

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