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    #1

    ambiguous?

    Hi,

    I have a question!!

    How much do you want to do it?

    I think this sentence is ambiguous because it can have two different meanings.

    Don't you think so? Could you give me a help?

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    #2

    Re: ambiguous?

    What are the two meaning to you? It sounds like a question about motivation to me.


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    Re: ambiguous?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    What are the two meaning to you? It sounds like a question about motivation to me.
    Right! I definitely agree with you. But someone said it meant "How much money do you want to do it?".

    What do you think of the idea? Considering the argument, I got confused.

    Thanks tdol.
    (It've been a long time since I posted up some questions. How are you there, in Japan? I've already been fall here in Korea. Take care!)

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    Re: ambiguous?

    For money, I'd say 'How much do you want to do it for?' However, in spoken English I could see the question being used for money because in speech you could have a mini pause between the two halves that would make the meaning clearer.

    PS, I'm fine, though I am now in Cambodia so we have the rainy season not fall. Take care.

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