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Post by azz » Mon Aug 10, 2020 5:52 am

a. He refused to close his bar because of the pandemic.
b. He refused to close his bar because there was a pandemic.


Are the above sentences grammatically correct?

He had to close his bar because of the pandemic and he refused to do it.

Many thanks
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:16 pm

They are both grammatically correct, and they can both be read two ways.

These can be paraphrased as:

1) He refused to close his bar merely on account of the pandemic.

2) He refused to close his bar, because the pandemic gave him an incentive to keep it open.
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Post by Phil White » Tue Aug 11, 2020 9:55 am

Erik is right, but my immediate reaction is to read the two sentences the "wrong" way, i.e. "because of the pandemic, he refused to close his bar". This does not make a lot of logical sense, so I had to do a sort of mental double-take to arrive at the correct meaning.
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