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    #1

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    A man with two children came to my office.

    Can't this mean two things:

    1-A man who was the father of two children came to my office. (Maybe he was alone when he came to my office.)
    2-A man who was accompanied by two children came into my office. (Maybe he wasn't the father of the two children.)


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    Re: with

    I agree with you...

    EDIT: ... regarding the bracketed parts.
    Last edited by svartnik; 15-Jun-2009 at 08:30.


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    #3

    Re: with

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    A man with two children came to my office.

    Can't this mean two things:

    1-A man who was the father of two children came to my office. (Maybe he was alone when he came to my office.)
    2-A man who was accompanied by two children came into my office. (Maybe he wasn't the father of the two children.)
    navi tasan,

    The man is a father of two, I think.

    If you use the word with to say that the man and the children were together in one place, I would say: "A man came to my office with two children."

    I think the following two sentences mean the same thing.
    A man with two children came to my office.
    A man who has two children came to my office.

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    #4

    Re: with

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    A man with two children came to my office.

    Can't this mean two things:

    1-A man who was the father of two children came to my office. (Maybe he was alone when he came to my office.) Yes
    2-A man who was accompanied by two children came into my office. (Maybe he wasn't the father of the two children.) No
    A man came to my office with two children. The man was accompanied by two children.


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    #5

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    bhaisahab,

    You and I seem to agree with each other.

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    #6

    Re: with

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    bhaisahab,

    You and I seem to agree with each other.
    Yes indeed.


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    Re: with

    A man with two children came to my office. -- he has two offspring
    A man came to my office with two children. -- we do not know if he has any

    Yes, indeed, they do not mean the same thing. I was inattentive.


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    #8

    Re: with

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    A man with two children came to my office. -- he has two offspring
    A man came to my office with two children. -- we do not know if he has any

    Yes, indeed, they do not mean the same thing. I was inattentive.
    svartnik,

    I'm glad that we're all on the same wavelength.


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    #9

    Re: with

    We have always been.

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