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    #1

    Bill and his horse were riding in the desert.

    I can understand that if the sentence was "Bill was riding his horse in the desert".

    But I came across this sentence "Bill and his horse were riding in the desert" on a TV program which has confused me.

    Did that still mean that Bill was riding the horse?

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    #2

    Re: Bill and his horse were riding in the desert.

    We can assume that.

    It's unlikely to be the other way round.

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    #3

    Re: Bill and his horse were riding in the desert.

    Not a teacher.

    Yes. It means Bill was riding the horse.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 09-Apr-2017 at 09:54. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote and adding 'Not a teacher'.

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    #4

    Re: Bill and his horse were riding in the desert.

    It could mean that they were both on bikes. But without more context we assume this is not the case, of course.

    Still, this unintended ambiguity makes it a badly-written sentence, in my judgement.

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    #5

    Re: Bill and his horse were riding in the desert.

    andrewg927, please read this extract from the posting Guidelines:

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