don't know a man

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don't know a man

Post by azz » Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:12 am

a. I don't know a man who works in your office.

Can't this sentence have two different meanings?
1. There is a man who works in your office whom I don't know.
2. It is not true that I know a man who works in your office. I don't know any man who works in your office.

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b. I don't know two men who work in your office.


Can't this sentence have two different meanings?
1. There are two man who works in your office whom I don't know.
2. It is not true that I know two men who work in your office. Maybe i know more than two men who work in your office, or maybe I know only one man who works in your office or maybe i don't know any man who works in your office.

Many thanks..
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Re: don't know a man

Post by Bobinwales » Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:36 pm

They can indeed. That is why a native speaker would never use them.
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