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← 03-31 Ambiguity Solution

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Showing Revision 1 created 05/04/2012 by Amara Bot.

  1. Let's take a look. Here is one possible reading.
  2. I'm going to take 1 and subtract 2 so I have negative 1 plus 3,
  3. and that's going to give me 2, so 2 is definitely an answer.
  4. If I do 1 - 2 first, I'll have -1 plus 3.
  5. However, what if I want to do this 2 + 3 first?
  6. I'll have 1 minus 2 plus 3 or 1 minus 5.
  7. That's going to give me -4.
  8. Zero and 4 aren't really reachable using this expression,
  9. but depending on whether you do the subtraction first or the addition first,
  10. you could either get 2 or -4. This sentence is ambiguous.
  11. We're not sure what it means or it has multiple meanings
  12. just like the Jane Austen binoculars example from before.