Author Topic: Is this sentence ambiguous?  (Read 3995 times)

Offline mallu

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Is this sentence ambiguous?
« on: August 26, 2019, 01:17:29 PM »
I would like to know if the following is ambiguous ( I dont know wheather its grammatical ) # All the cars weren't sold.  Many thanks in advance
« Last Edit: August 26, 2019, 09:38:55 PM by mallu »

Offline Daniel

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Re: Is this sentence ambiguous?
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2019, 01:39:24 PM »
Note: cars should be plural.

Yes, it can mean either:
"Some cars were not sold."
"No cars were sold."

(I think the second reading is most basic, but the first seems more useful. Context would decide.)
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Offline Forbes

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Re: Is this sentence ambiguous?
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2019, 11:07:21 AM »
This is another sentence which comes across to me as not quite right though I would not discount it ever being uttered and meaning "Some cars were not sold". I feel a speaker is more likely to say "No cars were sold" or "Some cars were not sold/Not all cars were sold" according to what they meant.