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  1. Key Member
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    #1

    was finally defeated

    1) The chess champion was finally defeated by a child.

    2) The chess champion was finally defeated, by a child.


    Which of the above sentences mean:

    A) The chess champion was finally defeated. He was defeated by a child.

    I think '1' doesn't have the desired meaning. It means he had never been beaten by a child. The idea is that he was never beaten, and he was beaten by a child. I think '2' work, but in it 'by a child' is an afterthought.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: was finally defeated

    Yes, that's basically right.

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