Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    Dark_Fury's Avatar
    Dark_Fury is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Posts
    150

    The chemicals can be poisonous if ingested.

    Hello, I can't get my head around this dictionary example. Would you help me, please?

    "The chemicals can be poisonous if ingested."

    Does it mean that I will certainly become sick if I swallow these chemicals, or that I may or may not get ill if I do so? Or something else?

    Thank you.

  2. #2
    Roman55's Avatar
    Roman55 is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Italy
      • Current Location:
      • France
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Posts
    2,631

    Re: The chemicals can be poisonous if ingested.

    Without further context, I would understand that to mean that the chemicals are not poisonous unless ingested, and if they are ingested, they may or may not poison you.
    I am not a teacher

  3. #3
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    73,710

    Re: The chemicals can be poisonous if ingested.

    They might only be poisonous to some people.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •