as much as anybody

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as much as anybody

Post by navi » Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:42 am

1) As much as anybody, he respected her.

Could this mean:
a) He respected her as much as he respected anybody.
or does it only mean:
b) He respected her as much as anybody respected her.

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Re: as much as anybody

Post by Bobinwales » Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:16 am

I would say (a).
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Re: as much as anybody

Post by Phil White » Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:42 pm

Yes. It is ambiguous. It can mean either. In speech, the ambiguity is resolved by stressing either "he" or "her".
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