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comment Ambiguity of “Lindsey told Jessica that she had cancer”
Wikipedia
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comment Ambiguity of “Lindsey told Jessica that she had cancer”
@RegDwight Ѭſ道: Yeah, of course it can be ambigous in live speech but the rule exists according to standarts of Russian language. From Wikipedia: «Предложения «Мы отдали бананы обезьянам, потому что они были голодные» и «Мы отдали бананы обезьянам, потому что они были перезрелыми» похожи по синтаксической структуре. В одном из них местоимение они относится к обезьянам, а в другом — к бананам. ... По нормам русского языка второе предложение некорректно, потому что в нем местоимение ссылается не на последнее подходящее слово, однако в живой речи такое предложение очень даже может встретиться.»
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comment Ambiguity of “Lindsey told Jessica that she had cancer”
So there's no rule to determine which noun the pronoun refers? For example, in Russian there's a rule that a pronoun should refer to the last noun in front of it.
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