If you take the sentence
"Bob will run or walk fast."
how is the ambiguity resolved between the following two meanings?
- Bob will either run fast or he will walk fast.
- Bob will either run (at some unspecified speed) or he will walk fast.
As this is such simple and common word usage I thought it would be relatively easy to find an answer to this online but I've had no luck.
I have seen this post dealing with the ambiguity of the word "or" but it only seems to be addressing how to recognize when or is used as a way of providing one or more synonyms for a word.
Edit: My question is whether a sentence that has more than one verb separated by one or more "ors" is always going to be ambiguous. If so, I'd imagine it should then be avoided in writing...so is there an alternative better than simply repeating the adverb (for meaning 1) or inserting a pronoun before the verb taking the pronoun (for meaning 2)?