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in such a way that

Post by navi » Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:08 am

1) He hit me on the head such that I'd become unconscious.
2) He hit me on the head so that I'd become unconscious.
3) He hit me on the head in such a way that I'd become unconscious.


Which of the above could be used if the intended meaning was:
He intended to make me become unconscious and he hit me on the head in such a way as to make me unconscious. (We don't know if I really became unconscious or not, but his intention was to make me unconscious.


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4) He hit me on the head such that I became unconscious.
5) He hit me on the head so that I became unconscious.
6) He hit me on the head in such a way that I became unconscious.


Which of the above could be used if the intended meaning was:
I did indeed become unconscious because of the blow and the way it was delivered. One cannot tell whether it was his intention to make me unconscious.

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Re: in such a way that

Post by Joe » Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:40 am

1) He hit me on the head such that I'd become unconscious. :nok:
2) He hit me on the head so that I'd become unconscious. :ok:
3) He hit me on the head in such a way that I'd become unconscious. :ok:

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4) He hit me on the head such that I became unconscious. :nok:
5) He hit me on the head so that I became unconscious. :nok: ambiguous
6) He hit me on the head in such a way that I became unconscious. :ok:

#6 is also potentially ambiguous since hitting someone on the head is not generally a charitable act. Presuming it was accidental, the sentence is technically correct but might need to clarification for the avoidance of doubt.

Compare:
The falling tree hit me on the head in such a way that I became unconscious.
He hit me on the head in such a way that I became unconscious.
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