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Offline navi

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for us it is unacceptable
« on: April 23, 2021, 09:37:18 am »
1) It is unacceptable for us to make noise after ten o'clock in the evening.
2) For us to make noise after ten o'clock in the evening is unacceptable.
3) For us, to make noise after ten o'clock in the evening is unacceptable.

Aren't all these sentences ambiguous?
Can't they mean:
a) We consider it unacceptable to make noise after ten o'clock in the evening.
and:
b) It is unacceptable that we should make noise after ten o'clock in the evening.

I am sure the ambiguity wouldn't cause any problem in real life. Context will clarify everything. I am just trying to figure out how the structure works.

Gratefully
Navi

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Re: for us it is unacceptable
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2021, 06:10:52 pm »
Only #1 is natural order and it is very formal. I agree it is slightly ambiguous but most likely, both bits of the sentence refer to us.
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Duncan