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I just read this news—AIIB Welcomes New Prospective Members.

Aren't new and prospective contradicting each other? If you are a new member, you can not be a prospective member.

  • How do you think they contradict each other? – mahmud koya Mar 23 '17 at 9:40
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    The strong collocation 'new members' hinders the reading 'new [prospective members]'. But the people queuing up to join this month are new prospective members when compared with those queuing up to join four years ago. // The fact that, as you say, prospective members can't at the same time be prospective members forces the 'new [prospective members]' interpretation. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 23 '17 at 9:59

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