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# Eg. He hates television as much as his wife. The above

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Eg. He hates television as much as his wife.

The above sentence is ambiguous. The ambiguity can be resolved by having two separate constructions.

He hates television as much as his wife does.
He hates television as much as he hates his wife.

In GMAT, we need to choose the one option that corrects the ambiguity but keeps the sense of the original sentence.

My question: now, in cases like these, how is one supposed to know what the original sentence meant? It could have meant either of the 2 correct responses above which are correct and convey 2 different meanings.

Any suggestion will be appreciated.
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14 Nov 2003, 04:21
You can't. You will not be given both possibilities as answer choices unless one is patently absurd (whereby the sentence is no longer ambiguous).
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