scope of negation

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scope of negation

Postby navi » Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:04 pm

1-He didn't review just two of those books.
2-He didn't review only two of those books.

Can these sentences mean two things:
a- He reviewed more than two of those books.

b-There are only two of those books that he did not review.

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Re: scope of negation

Postby Alan » Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:05 am

Yes, but questions here about grammar only, please, not meaning! (See Guidelines for Posting).


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