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    "she had told him to come straight in if she failed to open the door and to leave the bread on the kitchen table."
    In the above sentence, the phrase "and to leave the bread on the kitchen table" can be regarded that it follows "to come straight in" or "to open the door".so how to avoid such an ambiguity?Thanks for your time!I really appreciate that


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    Quote Originally Posted by babyno1 View Post
    "she had told him to come straight in if she failed to open the door and to leave the bread on the kitchen table."
    In the above sentence, the phrase "and to leave the bread on the kitchen table" can be regarded that it follows "to come straight in" or "to open the door".so how to avoid such an ambiguity?Thanks for your time!I really appreciate that
    There's always the potential for ambiguity in language, Baby. Fortunately, context fills us in most times but there are always those who misunderstand.

    I take it to mean;

    If I fail to leave the door open, come in anyway and leave the bread on the table.

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