14 Answered Questions for the topic ambiguity

07/31/19

Is “so little is clear” in “So little is clear that Castro’s departure took on the quality of a test...” an inversion?

There was the following passage in Time magazine’s (December 1, 2016) article that came under the title, “How Castro will be Trump’s first foreign policy test”:>North Korea has both an erratic... more
Ambiguity Grammar Meaning Usage

07/30/19

“Has reported” as present perfect vs. “has” as present + “reported” as a noun?

In the following sentence below, I **want** to use the word *reported* as a noun, but it looks like I’m using the present perfect form *has reported*. How can one be clear when constructions like... more
Ambiguity Vocabulary Gre Synonyms

07/29/19

Below are few words who appear extremly simple but have altogether very different meaning?

Broadside: it means "Verbal Attack"Aboveboard: means "Honest"Underwrite: means "Financial support"Can you please help me understand what are these called?I am aware of Homonyms and Homophones but... more
Ambiguity Esl/esol Speech

06/26/19

Is there a term for using a correct word having a double meaning that creates ambiguity given the context of the sentence?

Tough to describe this in the title so I'll give an example many English speakers have come across: - *Speaker 1*: "Should we go left or right?" - *Speaker 2*: "Looks like our friends went... more

06/25/19

Is a “blue bird” the same as a “bluebird”?

Is “blue bird” in the following quotation from *Lady Chatterley’s Lover* referring to an actual bluebird? > The lush, dark green of hyacinths was a sea, with buds rising like pale corn, while... more

06/23/19

Is there a word or phrase to describe ambiguous sarcasm?

To be specific, this statement refers to a phrase in which the writer/speaker's intention of being sarcastic is not disclosed to the reader/listener (deliberately or accidentally). The effect... more

06/20/19

Ambiguity of "We discourage X from doing Y by using Z"?

Given the sentence, > We discourage people from committing crimes by using law enforcement, religion and education. I see two possible interpretations: 1. [We discourage people by using law... more

06/05/19

What does "secret handshake" mean in the context?

I've read the following sentences from a book:> I wanted it so bad, I’d throw myself into practicing but somehow never> got good —while other kids who weren’t putting in nearly the same>... more

05/16/19

Multiple 'as' (subordinate conjunction) in the same sentence?

> Performance is poor as losses have increased and are projected to remain negative going forward as the company works through problem assets and realizes related expense. Is this sentence... more

03/26/19

Turn "in to" or "into" a lonely lane?

I have a sentence I'm writing where I describe making a turn, as I run, into an empty alleyway. Here is how I would like to say it: > I turn *into* a lonely lane... The problem I find is that... more
Ambiguity English Grammar Writing

03/19/19

Turn "in to" or "into" a lonely lane?

I have a sentence I'm writing where I describe making a turn, as I run, into an empty alleyway. Here is how I would like to say it: > I turn *into* a lonely lane... The problem I find is that it... more

03/19/19

Reading comprehension question?

Can you help me regarding the following question related to the paragraph below. For me, all the options can be answer because each option contains a non-text and text information.> Furthermore,... more

03/19/19

Reading Comprehension question?

Here is a GRE practice question that I have an issue with. It is given [here](http://www.majortests.com/gre/reading_comprehension_test06), Question #7.>*Passage:*> >French cuisine is... more

03/15/19

Does "I wouldn't do this, if it wasn't compulsory" sound natural?

Would the above sentence sound natural? If not, what would be the modification?

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