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yamyam

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Hello, teachers:

Would you take a look at the following which I've found in a reference book?

1. I was not happy because he didn't help me.

According to the reference book, #1 has two meanings:

2. I was not happy, and that was because he didn't help me.
3. I was not happy, but that was not because he didn't help me.

I undersatnd #1 has two meanings, and #2 is okay by me.
However, I am confused with #3. Should #3 be written as follows?

4. I was happy, but that was not because he didn't help me.

If my guess is wrong, would you give me some advice to understand #3?

Thank you very much in advance for your help on this.

yam.
 

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1. I was not happy because he didn't help me.

According to the reference book, #1 has two meanings:

2. I was not happy, and that was because he didn't help me.
3. I was not happy, but that was not because he didn't help me.

However, I am confused with #3. Should #3 be written as follows?

4. I was happy, but that was not because he didn't help me.
Your #4 is the correct interpretation of the second possible meaning of #1.
 

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Thank you very much for the reply, 5jj.
It's of great help to me.

yam.
 
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