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    #1

    defended them going

    1) We defended their going to the mayor's office.
    2) We defended them going to the mayor's office.

    Do these mean:
    a) They planned to go to the mayor's office and we defended their plan.
    b) They had gone to the mayor's office and we defended their act. (we said they had done the right thing)
    c) We defended them as they were going to the mayor's office.

    I think that only '2' might have meaning 'c'.

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    #2

    Re: defended them going

    Without a context, I can't say for certain.

    My first reaction to both sentences was about the same, and your option "b" is closest to the meaning I took for the sentences (except you should say, "They were going to...").

    However, further consideration suggests more possibilities. Sentence 1 could be seen as defending their rights to go to the mayor's office, while sentence 2 could be talking about physically defending them from people trying to stop them getting to the mayor's office.

    Context is so very important in determining fine points of meaning.

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    #3

    Re: defended them going

    I don't think sentence #1 could have meaning c).
    Last edited by Tdol; 27-Sep-2016 at 13:14. Reason: Correcting information

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    Re: defended them going

    Thank you both very much,

    Tdol, you mean sentence '1' cannot have meaning 'b'?
    I thought it couldn't have meaning 'c'! Do you think it could have meaning 'c'?

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    #5

    Re: defended them going

    Sorry- clumsy typing. I meant the third meaning. My bad.

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    Re: defended them going

    Thank you very much, Tdol,

    So it does happen even to the best?!

    Respectfully,
    Navi.

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