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twice/ambiguity question
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arthurvv vart
2021-01-23 09:13:31 UTC
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1) John married an English woman twice.
2) Twice John married an English woman.

3) John married English women twice.
4) Twice John married English women.

5) John married two English women twice.
6) Twice John married two English women.

Which of these sentences can be used if one can only marry one woman at a time?

Can '1' and '2' be used if he didn't marry the same woman twice?
Can '5' and '6' be used if he married each woman once?

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Athel Cornish-Bowden
2021-01-23 09:30:32 UTC
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Post by arthurvv vart
1) John married an English woman twice.
2) Twice John married an English woman.
3) John married English women twice.
4) Twice John married English women.
5) John married two English women twice.
6) Twice John married two English women.
Which of these sentences can be used if one can only marry one woman at a time?
Can '1' and '2' be used if he didn't marry the same woman twice?
Can '5' and '6' be used if he married each woman once?
If Richard Burton were still alive you could ask him which wording he
preferred. It's also too late to ask Elizabeth Taylor.
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Athel -- British, living in France for 34 years
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