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Hello guys. I have a general question about ambiguity...
"I like cheese more than Jack"
Is this ambiguous? I don't think so, because if I insert "I like cheese more than Jack like cheese", the Verb doesn't agree with the object. Hence, isn't it unambiguous? Doesn't the sentence clearly say that I prefer cheese over Jack, because the other option doesn't make sense grammatically?

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Re: Ambiguity [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2011, 02:14
heyholetsgo wrote:
Hello guys. I have a general question about ambiguity...
"I like cheese more than Jack"
Is this ambiguous? I don't think so, because if I insert "I like cheese more than Jack like cheese", the Verb doesn't agree with the object. Hence, isn't it unambiguous? Doesn't the sentence clearly say that I prefer cheese over Jack, because the other option doesn't make sense grammatically?

Thanks for clarification...


I like cheese more than Jack - wrong ( comparing cheese and jack )
I like cheese more than Jack does(verb) - right ( right comparison)
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Re: Ambiguity [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2011, 02:20
My question is about ambiguity.
You could also say "I like Jessy more than Jack"
Is this ambiguous? Because again, you can't say "I like Jessy more than Jack like Jessy"...
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Re: Ambiguity [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2011, 02:24
heyholetsgo wrote:
My question is about ambiguity.
You could also say "I like Jessy more than Jack"
Is this ambiguous? Because again, you can't say "I like Jessy more than Jack like Jessy"...


"I like Jessy more than Jack" means u like jessy more than u like jack ( comparising jessy and jack )
but if your intention was to say that u like jessy more than jack likes jessy .. then the sentence is ambiguous.
In this case u have to re-write it as
"I like Jessy more than Jack does"
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