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Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, May 10, 2019 3:00:20 PM
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"Shortly before I resumed work during my hospitalisation leave in February 2016, I tripped and fell down on the road at a car park."

Is the above sentence clear or ambiguous?

Please elaborate your reply?

Thanks.

thar
Posted: Friday, May 10, 2019 4:19:20 PM

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It implies you resumed work during your leave - going back to work would end your leave.
Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, May 10, 2019 10:10:33 PM
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The sentence is not mine. I find it hard to decipher it. A comma after "work", I think, would have removed the ambiguity of the sentence.

In my opinion, the sentence means that the writer was given medical leave by the hospital. And a few days before she resumed work, she tripped and fell down at the car park.
palapaguy
Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2019 12:50:37 AM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
The sentence is not mine. I find it hard to decipher it. A comma after "work", I think, would have removed the ambiguity of the sentence.


Perhaps so, if the comma after "2016" were removed as well.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2019 8:16:12 AM

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Yes - there are two time-phrases, and it's important to separate out the relationships between the two.

"during my hospitalisation leave in February 2016" is the more general (vague) one - it could cover the whole month.

"Shortly before I resumed work" is more specific - the few days (at most) at the end of the medical leave.

It is (to me) a little more natural to put the vague one first, and then specify the period.

When I was a child, in the early 1960s, summers were always long and hot. (I was a child from 1950 to 1965.)

"During my hospitalisation leave in February 2016, shortly before I resumed work, I tripped and fell down in a car park."

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Koh Elaine
Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2019 1:49:54 PM
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Thanks to all of you.
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