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to take to school

Post by navi » Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:19 pm

A mother has bought cookies for her son to take to school. The son is going to take them to school, not the mother.
Which of the following can she say to her son:

1) I have bought the cookies to take to school.

2) I have bought the cookies for you to take to school.

3) I have bought the cookies that you have to take to school.

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Re: to take to school

Post by Erik_Kowal » Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:31 am

Which of the following can she say to her son?

1) I have bought the cookies to take to school.


Answer: Ambiguous statement. It is unclear who will take them to school.

2) I have bought the cookies for you to take to school.

Answer: She has bought the cookies for the son to take to school.

3) I have bought the cookies that you have to take to school.

Answer: She has bought the cookies for the son to take to school. But the wording also implies the existence of three possible scenarios connected with taking the biscuits to the school. These are that:
  1. the school has insisted he must take the cookies to school; or
  2. the son doesn't want to take them; or
  3. both.
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