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Offline azz

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on all sides
« on: October 12, 2019, 10:25:16 am »
a. The conflict claimed about two hundred lives on all sides.

b. The conflict claimed about two hundred lives on the three sides.



Do those mean

1. all in all there were two hundred lives lost
or
2. there were two hundred lives lost on each side
?

I think (a) means (2) and (b) means (1).
Obviously (a) does not make it clear how many sides there were.

Many thanks.
« Last Edit: October 12, 2019, 10:29:43 am by azz »

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Re: on all sides
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2019, 11:06:50 am »
a certainly means 1

b can only mean 2 - but it needs to be slightly rephrased:
The conflict claimed about two hundred lives on each side.
The conflict claimed about two hundred lives on each of the three sides.

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