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Is this sentence ambiguous?


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

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.)

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.


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