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allowed to go to the show/tenses/ambiguity
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arthurvv vart
2021-01-24 09:40:45 UTC
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1) Whoever hasn't done their homework is not allowed to go to the show tonight.

2) Whoever hasn't done their homework cannot go to the show tonight.

3) Whoever hasn't done their homework will not be allowed to go to the show tonight.

4) Whoever hasn't done their homework is not going to allowed to go to the show tonight.

In which of the above sentences the idea is:

a) Whoever hasn't finished their homework by now will not be allowed to go to the show tonight

and in which of them the idea is:

b) Whoever hasn't finished their homework by tonight will not be allowed to go tot he show


I think they are all slightly ambiguous except for '1', which has meaning 'a'.

Gratefully,
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Peter T. Daniels
2021-01-24 14:44:22 UTC
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Post by arthurvv vart
1) Whoever hasn't done their homework is not allowed to go to the show tonight.
2) Whoever hasn't done their homework cannot go to the show tonight.
3) Whoever hasn't done their homework will not be allowed to go to the show tonight.
4) Whoever hasn't done their homework is not going to allowed to go to the show tonight.
a) Whoever hasn't finished their homework by now will not be allowed to go to the show tonight
b) Whoever hasn't finished their homework by tonight will not be allowed to go tot he show
I think they are all slightly ambiguous except for '1', which has meaning 'a'.
Since al of them say "tonight," why would any of them have to do with
the future?

Why would it matter when they did their homework?

Have you forgotten "may not"?

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