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    He wanted to go on holiday with different people: two meanings

    Can I say that the meaning of the word 'different' in 'He wanted to go on holiday with different people' depends on the context?
    1) he wanted to go with other people, not the people he had to go with
    2) he wanted to go with all kinds of people

    Which of the two meanings comes first to your mind when you hear/read this phrase without a context?

    How should we put it so as to avoid ambiguity if we need the 1st meaning?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: He wanted to go on holiday with different people: two meanings

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Can I say that the meaning of the word 'different' in 'He wanted to go on holiday with different people' depends on the context?
    That's a rhetorical question, right?

    1) he wanted to go with other people, not the people he had to go with
    2) he wanted to go with all kinds of people
    Which of the two meanings comes first to your mind when you hear/read this phrase without a context?
    How should we put it so as to avoid ambiguity if we need the 1st meaning?
    I'd immediately think 1. But that's not a strong preference. My first reaction would be annoyance at the ambiguity of the sentence.
    "He wanted to go with people other than those assigned to his group." That's one of many ways.
    There's another meaning. He wanted to go with specific different people.

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    Re: He wanted to go on holiday with different people: two meanings

    Yes. My first interpretation was 1.

    I must say I think it would be unlikely to hear or read this phrase without any context. The context would prevent any ambiguity.

    However, to answer your third question you might say: with somebody else or with other people or with people other than...

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    Re: He wanted to go on holiday with different people: two meanings

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    That's a rhetorical question, right?
    Right
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