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time clause

Postby navi » Wed Aug 29, 2012 12:17 pm

1-I told him to clean his room when he came back from France.

Does "when he came back from France" necessarily modify "to clean his room" or could it modify "I told him"? Is the sentence ambiguous?

Would a comma before "when" change anything?

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Re: time clause

Postby Alan » Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:22 am

Yes, it is ambiguous and no, the comma would not help.
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