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    twenty dollars to ten people

    a. He gave twenty dollars to ten people.

    Can't this mean two things:
    1. He gave twenty dollars to each of ten people.
    2. He divided twenty dollars between ten people.

    I am not sure that the sentences in my (1) are correct.

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    Re: twenty dollars to ten people

    Quote Originally Posted by azz View Post
    a. He gave twenty dollars to ten people.

    Can't this mean two things?
    1. He gave twenty dollars to each of ten people. He gave twenty dollars to ten people each.
    2. He divided twenty dollars between ten people.

    I am not sure that if the sentences in my (1) #1 are correct.

    Many thanks.
    I would take it to mean #2. However, the broader context should clarify the meaning.

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    Re: twenty dollars to ten people

    It could mean either. I'd presume the first one, actually. As teechar said, context would likely clarify.

    To remove any ambiguity, reword it to clarify.

    I'd say something like "He split twenty dollars between ten people" or "He gave ten people twenty dollars each", or even "He gave ten people two dollars each."
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