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    Exclamation Hand me the red and yellow balls.

    What is the difference between these two sentences?

    1) Hand me the red and yellow balls.
    2) Hand me the balls that are red and yellow.

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    Re: Hand me the red and yellow balls.

    Spoken, #1 can be ambiguous; it could be referring to bicoloured or unicoloured balls.
    Written, #1 is clear; it refers to unicoloured balls. Otherwise, you would write, "Hand me the red-and-yellow balls."

    #2 is clear; it refers to bicoloured balls.

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    Re: Hand me the red and yellow balls.

    If there are two balls, to be absolutely clear, you would need to say "Hand me the red ball and the yellow ball". However, presumably the listener can see the balls so if there are no balls that are red and yellow (striped, for example), they would know that "Hand me the red and yellow balls" meant "Hand me any balls that are red and any balls that are yellow".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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