Questions tagged [ambiguity]
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A way to make the grammatical number of accusative nouns after a proper name in the genitive case unambiguous without using ''von''?
For example: Wir haben Toms Schlüssel gefunden. could mean ''We have found Tom's keys.'', as well as ''We have found Tom's key.'' Is there a way to make it unambiguous without using the following ...
In what context does the apparent meaning of "ausreichend" make sense
The Goethe Institut vocabulary list for B1 level includes the word »ausreichend«, which I understand to have general correspondence to the English idea of sufficient, or enough. However, the example ...
Two possible meanings: identify how the sentence is meant
Aus einem Kinderlied: "Die Gans hat sieben Küken und jedes hat sie lieb." The second part of the sentence could be read in two ways: Die Gans hat jedes Küken lieb. Jedes Küken hat die Gans ...
Unambiguous or clear meaning?
I'm an English native speaker living in Germany. My wife is German. I received an Email with the following short sentence. I got the meaning wrong. Was told I was an idiot for getting it. So dear ...
Wie den uneindeutigen Superlativ von "nahe", eindeutig machen?
Sei x = 4,2, was ist die nächste natürliche Zahl? Da »nächste« nicht zwischen räumlicher/absoluter Distanz (am wenigsten weit entfernt) und zeitlich/sequentieller Abfolge (unmittelbar folgend) ...
Ambiguous Compound Words
In German, different words can combine to form longer, more descriptive compound words. Are there any German compound words that have an ambiguous meaning? A possibility I've thought of: If "__" is ...
Who was married?
I'm seeking clarity on a passage written by Ivan Fedorovich Kruzenshtern, the captain of the first Russian around-the-world voyage. He wrote an account of his trip and there's a point in it that I don'...
Ambiguity in a subordinate clause
Die Schauspielerin, die nicht nur die Männer, sondern auch viele Frauen vergötterten According to my book, this translates as: The actress, whom not only the men, but also many women adored I ...