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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
2) on Sunday he promised that he will return
Last edited by stefan_kar; 05-Jul-2009 at 17:07.
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.
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.
He did try to return, but his plane was blocked from landing.