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    navi tasan is offline Key Member
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    not the rifle too

    1) I told him not to bring the rifle as well as the handgun.

    2) I told him not to bring the handgun and the rifle also.


    3) 1) I told him not to bring the handgun and the rifle too.


    Which of the above could mean:
    A) I told him to bring neither the rifle nor the handgun.

    Which of them could mean:
    B) I told him that he could or should bring the handgun but not the rifle as well.

    Which of them could mean:
    C) I told him to bring one of them.

    Which could mean:
    D) I told him he should bring one of them.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    Re: not the rifle too

    A careful writer would write I told him not to bring the handgun or the rifle.​ Careless writers risk having their texts misinterpreted.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Re: not the rifle too

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    Re: not the rifle too

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    1) I told him not to bring the rifle as well as the handgun.

    2) I told him not to bring the handgun and the rifle also.


    3) I told him not to bring the handgun and the rifle too.
    All three sentences are wrong. Please note the differences in the following sentences and their negations:

    I told him to bring the handgun and the rifle. (positive)
    I told him not to bring the handgun or the rifle. (negative)

    I told him to bring the handgun and the rifle too/also. (positive)
    I told him not to bring the handgun or the rifle either. (negative)
    NOT A TEACHER. Translator and editor, and I hold a TESOL certificate. Native speaker of American English (West Coast)

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