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    what does this mean

    i read a sentence like this:
    it must not be A, and contain B.

    i feel confused that the complete expression for this sentence is "it must not be A, and must not contain B" or " it must not be A, and must contain B"?

    please help me. thanks.

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    Re: what does this mean

    Hi kat2006

    It's ambiguous all right; however, the conjunction 'and' helps a bit to disambiguate it:

    Ex: It must not be A,and [must] contain B. [B, not A]

    The alternative is,

    Ex: It must not be A or contain B. [neither A nor B]


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