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by gods
on Feb 11, 2000 at 00:06 UTC ( #3333=superdoc: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
I may be wrong with the two interpretations there. Here is a better example at illustrating the fact that a perfectly grammatical sentence can be ambiguous:

A) John saw the man with a telescope.

The sentence can be interpreted as:

1) With the help of a telescope, John saw the man.

2) John saw the man who had a telescope with him.

Another example:

B) Visiting relatives can be a nuisance.

(B) can be understood as:

3) The act of visiting people can be a nuisance.

4) Relatives who visit us can be a nuisance.


In reply to Re: Re: Re: Re: The (futile?) quest for an automatic paraphrase engine by kiat
in thread The (futile?) quest for an automatic paraphrase engine by dimar

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