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azz
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2021 12:27:49 AM
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a. I gave them as little sensitive information as possible.

Can't that sentence be read in two ways?

I think 'little' could be modifying 'sensitive' or 'information', so I see two possible readings:

The information I gave them was as little sensitive as possible.

I gave them the least possible amount of sensitive information.

Am I right?

Many thanks.
sureshot
Posted: Friday, June 4, 2021 2:45:57 AM
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azz wrote:
a. I gave them as little sensitive information as possible.

Can't that sentence be read in two ways?

I think 'little' could be modifying 'sensitive' or 'information', so I see two possible readings:

The information I gave them was as little sensitive as possible.

I gave them the least possible amount of sensitive information.

Am I right?

Many thanks.

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The adjective "little" is used to modify a noun. In the given sentence, the adjective "little" describes the noun "information". It is not used to modify the adjective "sensitive". Both the adjectives "little" and "sensitive" refer to the noun "information".
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