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onsen
Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 8:09:18 PM
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Write what you mean clearly and correctly.

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Which verb do the adverbs 'clearly' and 'correctly' modify, 'write' or 'mean'?

To me, the sentence seems to be interpreted in both ways.


Thank you.
Audiendus
Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2019 12:02:59 AM
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onsen wrote:
Which verb do the adverbs 'clearly' and 'correctly' modify, 'write' or 'mean'?


They only make sense if they modify 'write'.

"Write what you mean clearly and correctly."
sureshot
Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2019 12:33:33 AM
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onsen wrote:
Hello,

Quote:

TheFreeDictionary presents:

Write what you mean clearly and correctly.

TFD


Which verb do the adverbs 'clearly' and 'correctly' modify, 'write' or 'mean'?

To me, the sentence seems to be interpreted in both ways.


Thank you.

_____________

Say, "write clearly", "write correctly", "mean clearly" and "mean correctly". It is obvious that in the given sentence, the first two expressions make sense. So, both the adverbs clearly modify the verb "write".
Reiko07
Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2019 2:28:40 AM

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Are the following sentences natural?

(1) Write clearly what you mean.

(2) Write correctly what you mean.

(3) Write clearly and correctly what you mean.

My English is probably at CEFR A1 or A2 level.
sureshot
Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2019 7:12:25 AM
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Reiko07 wrote:
Are the following sentences natural?

(1) Write clearly what you mean.

(2) Write correctly what you mean.

(3) Write clearly and correctly what you mean.

_________________________________

Yes.
thar
Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2019 8:17:47 AM

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I disagree about it being ambiguous.

You can 'clearly mean something' but that is the other person's understanding of you - it is nothing to do with what you would write down.

- you can only write it clearly.

And you can't mean something correctly. You can only write it correctly.


So it is a simple core
Write what you mean.

Do this [action] clearly and correctly - in a way that is clear and correct.


You put this adverbial phrase at the end of the sentence to refer to the whole thing

Write what you mean clearly and correctly.


Personally, I think that is poor punctuation and is better with a comma.
But if it is put elsewhere in the sentence (adverbial phrases being flexible in their placement) it definitely needs to be bound by commas.

Write what you mean, clearly and correctly.

Clearly and correctly, write what you mean.
This is a good sentence.

Write, clearly and correctly, what you mean.
This is awkward and breaks up the sentence unnecessarily.
Reiko07
Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2019 4:47:05 PM

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sureshot wrote:
Reiko07 wrote:
Are the following sentences natural?

(1) Write clearly what you mean.

(2) Write correctly what you mean.

(3) Write clearly and correctly what you mean.

_________________________________

Yes.

Thanks, sureshot. Angel

My English is probably at CEFR A1 or A2 level.
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