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    Meaning of sentence

    I have managed 20 internal and external projects.

    Does it mean I have managed 2O projects altogether? Or 20 internal and 20 external projects?

    I would interpret as 20 projects.

    Am I correct?

    Thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: Meaning of sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    I have managed 20 internal and external projects.

    Does it mean I have managed 2O projects altogether? Or 20 internal and 20 external projects?

    I would interpret as 20 projects.

    Am I correct?

    Thanks in advance.
    Yes, you are right.

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    #3

    Re: Meaning of sentence

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    My interpretation is the same as your own. The wise resume writer would ensure understanding of the alternative interpretation by repeating the figure:

    I have managed 20 internal and 20 external projects.
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    Re: Meaning of sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    I have managed 20 internal and external projects.

    Does it mean I have managed 2O projects altogether? Or 20 internal and 20 external projects?

    I would interpret as 20 projects.

    Am I correct?

    Thanks in advance.
    If the context indicates a total of 20 most would interpret it that way. On the other hand the sentence is actually saying 40.

    "I have managed 20 internal project and 20 eternal projects."


    My interpretation is the same as your own. The wise resume writer would ensure understanding of the alternative interpretation by repeating the figure:

    I have managed 20 internal and 20 external projects.
    That makes a total of 40.

    The wise writer would say

    'I have managed 20 projects, both internal and external'

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    Re: Meaning of sentence

    Thanks for your replies.

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    #6

    Re: Meaning of sentence

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    Yes, my grammar is better than my logic. What I meant was:

    I have managed 10 internal and 10 external projects.

    ...and even then it could be 11 and 9, 19 and 1, etc.

    < sigh >
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    Re: Meaning of sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Whitehead View Post
    'I have managed 20 projects, both internal and external'
    Nice recovery.

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Whitehead
    If the context indicates a total of 20 most would interpret it that way. On the other hand the sentence is actually saying 40.

    "I have managed 20 internal project and 20 eternal projects."
    Actually saying meaning, if it were uttered aloud, right? Koh's example sentence (post #1) is ambiguous. Most readers would get the first reading. Stress, or emphasis plays a role here:

    1st reading: 20 in all
    [ 20 [internal and external] ] projects

    2nd reading: 40 in all <emphasis on and>
    [ 20 [internal] and [external] ] projects

    What are your thoughts?

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    Mister M, I understood your grammar perfectly well. You wrote, "alternative interpretation" and your example 20...20 (=40) reflected that. Did I miss something?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Nice recovery.

    Actually saying meaning, if it were uttered aloud, right? Koh's example sentence (post #1) is ambiguous. Most readers would get the first reading. Stress, or emphasis plays a role here:

    1st reading: 20 in all
    [ 20 [internal and external] ] projects

    2nd reading: 40 in all <emphasis on and>
    [ 20 [internal] and [external] ] projects

    What are your thoughts?

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    Mister M, I understood your grammar perfectly well. You wrote, "alternative interpretation" and your example 20...20 (=40) reflected that. Did I miss something?
    My thoughts are that the '20' is essentially a misplaced modifier, and should be treated as such!

    I have a low tolerance of ambiguity... why be ambiguous when you can just as easily be unambiguous?

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    Re: Meaning of sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Whitehead View Post
    My thoughts are that the '20' is essentially a misplaced modifier, and should be treated as such!
    I like angles. Misplaced how?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Whitehead
    I have a low tolerance of ambiguity...
    Meaning ... for ambiguity?


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    We are making a big fuss (read: mountain out of a molehill).
    I think we've given the answer, and got to the same conclusion...
    Correct me if I am wrong or... Well, bitc*y...

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