ambiguities - Take the box that is on the table and put it...

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Ambiguities Anything that is said to be ambiguous is open to more than one interpretation. Sentences and words that are ambiguous have more than one possible meaning. The other day I shot an elephant in my pajamas. .." (you know the rest). "Mary loves visiting relatives 1. The old men and women left the room. 2. Bill sold the invisible man's hat. 3. They don't smoke or drink. 4. I saw her duck. 5. The chickens are too hot to eat. 6. I said I would see you on Tuesday. 7. Students hate annoying professors. 8. Sue adores men who love women who don't smoke. 9. They hit the man with a cane. 10. Happily they left. Put the box on the table by the window in the kitchen is an ambiguous sentence. It could mean any of the following: Put the box onto the table that is by the window in the kitchen.
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Unformatted text preview: Take the box that is on the table and put it by the window in the kitchen. Take the box off the table that is by the window and put it in the kitchen Ambiguous Newspaper Headlines Newspaper headlines need to be as short as possible, so whilst they obey grammatical rules, they tend to omit little, unimportant words like the and is . But are these words unimportant? The result of leaving them out can result in highly ambiguous sentences , which are often quite amusing. These are real newspaper headlines: KIDS MAKE NUTRITIOUS SNACKS GRANDMOTHER OF EIGHT MAKES HOLE IN ONE MILK DRINKERS ARE TURNING TO POWDER DRUNK GETS NINE MONTHS IN VIOLIN CASE...
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This note was uploaded on 11/04/2011 for the course EDUCATION 320 taught by Professor Professorlemont during the Fall '11 term at BYU.

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