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Post by navi » Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:42 am

1) I can't do anything you want.
2) He doesn't think they will have anything you want.

Are those sentences ambiguous?

First meaning: nothing
Second meaning: just anything

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Navi
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Post by tony h » Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:34 am

Please clarify your question.
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Post by navi » Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:24 pm

My apologies, Tony,

I think both '1' and '2' can have two different meanings. I'd like to see if I am correct.

1) I can't do anything you want.

First possible meaning: There is nothing you want that I can do.
Second possible meaning: I can't do just anything you want. I can do only some of the things you want.

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2) He doesn't think they will have anything you want.

First possible meaning: He thinks they won't have any of the things you want.
Second possible meaning: He thinks they won't have just anything you want. They won't have all of the things you want.


Gratefully,
Navi
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Re: anything

Post by tony h » Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:28 pm

This may help:

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Post by navi » Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:51 am

Thank you very much, Tony,

I have to apologize again. I looked through my files. I found the question, but not the reply.

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Navi
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