Usage of verbal adjectives

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Usage of verbal adjectives

Post by Lignator » Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:13 am

What do the following phrases mean?

A) enslaving developers
Does it mean 1) developers who enslave people or 2) the act of enslaving some developers?

Also, how does using the definitive article THE change the meaning of the original phrase?
B) the enslaving developers
C) enslaving the developers

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Re: Usage of verbal adjectives

Post by Joe » Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:30 am

Without context A is ambiguous and could be 1 or 2.

B = 1
C = 2
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