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I have two questions to ask about the following sentence:
He has protested __________ that this ____________ structure has _____ the beauty of the national park.
a. on many occasions, hideous, ruined
b. on many occasions, tedious, marred
The key is 'a'. Could you please explain why 'b' isn't correct?
I think the sentence is ambiguous. It can mean 'He has protested by saying that the structure is ...'. It can also mean 'Some one thought the structure is...' but he didn't agree. Is that right?
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Thank you in advance.
Something that is tedious is boring because it is long (in time), repetitive, and dull. A class at school, a book, a movie, a car trip or a job could all be considered tedious. A building cannot.
Mykwyner is correct, ambiguous cannot be applied to a building.
I don't see any ambiguity in the sentence. If someone else had said the hideous structure ruined the park, and 'he' protested against it, then the sentence would have to say 'he protested that the hideous structure had not ruined the beauty of the national park'
To protest means you are against something, you never protest in agreement.
This means that if someone else said the structure was hideous etc., and our man protested, he would have to say the opposite. The opposite is that the structure is not hideous and has not ruined the park.