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navi
Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 4:43:41 AM
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1) She sometimes uses canned beans for this dish and other dishes for routine meals at home for her family.


Can't this sentence be parsed in two ways?

"For routine meals at home for her family' could be postmodifying 'other dishes'. 'other dishes for routine meals at home for her family'could be a single unit, a noun phrase.

It could also be a sentence adverbial. The sentence could be equivalent to:

2) For routine meals at home for her family, she sometimes uses canned beans for this dish and other dishes.


Is that correct?

Gratefully,
Navi.




Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 3:41:42 PM

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I think you are right. Partly, it depends on context - Do we know that she's cooking somewhere else, not at home? - Why? - Why is this not a routine dish? - Why is it not a routine meal?

Personally, and I think 'normally', it would be understood to mean the second - a whole-sentence adverbial.

To mean the first, I would modify it:
"She sometimes uses canned beans for this dish and for other routine dishes for meals at home for her family."

Normally I would say "She sometimes uses canned beans for family meals like this."

"Family" implies 'routine' and 'at home' and 'everyday'.


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