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azz
Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2018 1:23:14 PM
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a. There was a sudden gust of wind. The leaves moved up and sideways.
b. There was a sudden gust of wind. The leaves moved up or sideways.
c. There was a sudden gust of wind. The leaves moved either up or sideways.



Which could be used if
1. All of the leaves moved up first and then sideways
and which could be used if
2. Some of the leaves moved up and the others moves sideways
and which could be used if
3. All the leaves moved up and sideways at the same time.
?

Could the sentences mean anything else?


Many thanks.
FounDit
Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2018 4:07:39 PM

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azz wrote:
a. There was a sudden gust of wind. The leaves moved up and sideways.
b. There was a sudden gust of wind. The leaves moved up or sideways.
c. There was a sudden gust of wind. The leaves moved either up or sideways.



Which could be used if
1. All of the leaves moved up first and then sideways None of them. You would have to say it as you just did, using "then")
and which could be used if
2. Some of the leaves moved up and the others moves sideways None of them. You would have to say "some of the leaves moved up, and some moved sideways"
and which could be used if
3. All the leaves moved up and sideways at the same time. None of them. They can't move up and sideways at the same time. You would have to say the leaves moved upward at an angle to indicate a sideways motion
?

Could the sentences mean anything else?
No.

Many thanks.


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NKM
Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2018 7:32:20 PM

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azz wrote:
a. There was a sudden gust of wind. The leaves moved up and sideways.
b. There was a sudden gust of wind. The leaves moved up or sideways.
c. There was a sudden gust of wind. The leaves moved either up or sideways.



Which could be used if
1. All of the leaves moved up first and then sideways
and which could be used if
2. Some of the leaves moved up and the others moves sideways
and which could be used if
3. All the leaves moved up and sideways at the same time.
?

Could the sentences mean anything else?

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The first sentence (a.) could fit all three of the situations; the other two (b. and c.) seem very unlikely to make sense.

In fact, considering the nature of leaves in the wind, none of the three detailed descriptions (numbered 1., 2., 3.) would seem realistic. It's hard to imagine such precise observations.

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