when they dated him

navi tasan

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1) He mistreated women when they dated him.

Does this mean:
a) He mistreated all of the women who dated him.
or:
b) He mistreated some of the women who dated him.

Gratefully,
Navi.
 
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It could mean either one, though the assumption would be your example a.
 

emsr2d2

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As in your other example about being rude to women, it's much more natural to say "the women he dated" rather than "the women who dated him".
 
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