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    Ambiguity- need a quick response

    If anyone can help me quickly, I would be very grateful.
    Can someone explai to me what is the ambiguity in the sentence: I didn't meet his sister yesterday.

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    Re: Ambiguity- need a quick response

    Quote Originally Posted by CroCorwin View Post
    If anyone can help me quickly, I would be very grateful.
    Can someone explai to me what is the ambiguity in the sentence: I didn't meet his sister yesterday.
    hi Crocowin,

    Ambiguity means something that is not clear because it has more than one possible meaning or lack of clear and exact use of words.

    I didn't meet his sister yesterday. This sentence has no ambiguity. It seems correct and clear.



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    Re: Ambiguity- need a quick response

    Quote Originally Posted by CroCorwin View Post
    If anyone can help me quickly, I would be very grateful.
    Can someone explai to me what is the ambiguity in the sentence: I didn't meet his sister yesterday.
    The sentence is clear to me, CroCorwin. What makes you think it might be ambiguous?

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    Re: Ambiguity- need a quick response

    My professor of English Linguistics gave the sentence, among many others, in an assignment to explain what is the ambiguity of the sentences, so I guess there really is an ambiguity.

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    Re: Ambiguity- need a quick response

    Quote Originally Posted by CroCorwin View Post
    My professor of English Linguistics gave the sentence, among many others, in an assignment to explain what is the ambiguity of the sentences, so I guess there really is an ambiguity.
    Is this sentence from an exerpt, an article or paragraph?

    If your teacher gave you more sentences, then please write us a sentence that you found that has ambiguity.


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    Re: Ambiguity- need a quick response

    It is just a list of sentences without relations between them. I understand the ambiguity in the rest of them:
    Old men and women
    All that glitters is not gold
    Flying planes can be dangerous
    John walked the dog in his underwear
    He called her a nurse

    and the one I couldn't understand. Btw the time for handing in the assignment has just expired so I don't require any more explanations, I just put the ambiguity comes from more that one meaning of the verb.

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    Re: Ambiguity- need a quick response

    Perhaps (e.g.):

    1. I didn't meet his sister yesterday. (I met his brother.)
    2. I didn't meet his sister yesterday. (I met her a week ago.)
    3. I didn't meet his sister yesterday. (I've never met his sister.)

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    #8

    Re: Ambiguity- need a quick response

    In addition to what MrP said the verb meet itself can be ambiguous:
    1. meet: see the first time
    2. meet: see again

    Ambiguity is what makes language superior

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    Re: Ambiguity- need a quick response

    O.K. let's wear it out.

    1. I wasn't introduced to his sister yesterday.

    2. I did not arrive at the arranged time to see his sister [again] yesterday.

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