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    promised to return on Sunday

    Honduras' interim government says it will block ousted President Zelaya from flying home, after he promised to return on Sunday.

    How can we understand which of these meanings is implied:

    1) he will return on Sunday

    OR

    2) on Sunday he promised that he will return
    Last edited by stefan_kar; 05-Jul-2009 at 17:07.

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    Re: promised to return on Sunday

    Quote Originally Posted by stefan_kar View Post
    Honduras' interim government says it will block ousted President Zelaya from flying home, after he promised to return on Sunday.

    How can we understand which of these meanings is implied:

    1) he will return on Sunday

    OR

    2) on Sunday he promised that he will return
    It means he will return on Sunday.


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    Re: promised to return on Sunday

    after he promised to return on Sunday.

    Here, because 'on Sunday' is after 'to return', it implies that the time phrase modifies the verb 'return': (he promised) he would return next Sunday.

    after he promised on Sunday (that he would) return.

    This word order makes it clearer that "on Sunday" modifies the verb 'promised".
    Last edited by David L.; 05-Jul-2009 at 19:43.

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    Re: promised to return on Sunday

    Quote Originally Posted by stefan_kar View Post
    Honduras' interim government says it will block ousted President Zelaya from flying home, after he promised to return on Sunday.

    How can we understand which of these meanings is implied:

    1) he will return on Sunday

    OR

    2) on Sunday he promised that he will return
    You can't tell just from the sentence you've given. It's ambiguous.
    If it read "after he promised on Sunday to return", it would mean 2.
    That said, common usage would suggest that it means 1. (But we don't know if the journalist is employing common usage).

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    Re: promised to return on Sunday

    There is some ambiguity, but I don't think it's a 50/50 call- it is more likely IMO that he intends to return on Sunday.

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    Re: promised to return on Sunday

    He did try to return, but his plane was blocked from landing.

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    Re: promised to return on Sunday

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    He did try to return, but his plane was blocked from landing.
    Yes, but was it on a Sunday?

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