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a new method to travel

Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 10:52 am
by azz
Can one use the following sentences with the assumptions that have been provided?

a. Doctor Jones is trying to find new ways to live with mental illness.
The assumption is that he doesn't have a mental illness. He is trying to find new ways for people with mental illness to live with their illness.

b. Our scientists are trying to find a new way to extinguish large fires.

The assumption here is that the scientists are not going to extinguish the fires themselves.

c. Our scientists are trying to find a new method to travel to other planets.

The assumption here is that they are not going to travel to other planets themselves.



Many thanks.

Re: a new method to travel

Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 1:24 pm
by tony h
They are all fine. There is a slight possibility for ambiguity which context would almost certainly rule out.
If the sentences were to apply to the scientists we would expect to see "his " or "their". eg: not "Doctor Jones is trying to find new ways to live with mental illness" but "Doctor Jones is trying to find new ways to live his with mental illness"