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Just me, a schizophrenic and a petty arsonist.

How many people are there in the above sentence? Is it ambiguous?

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    yes, ambiguous there are 2 or 3 persons – J. Taylor Feb 27 '18 at 19:13
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    Could just be one person. – Hot Licks Feb 27 '18 at 19:35
  • What happened to the strippers, JFK, and Stalin? – Edwin Ashworth Feb 27 '18 at 22:02
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I could imagine anywhere from 1 to 3 people:

One:

Just me (further describing myself as a schizophrenic and arsonist)

Two:

Just me (describing myself as a schizophrenic), and another person who is an arsonist

Just me, and another person who is both a schizophrenic and arsonist

Three:

Me, a schizophrenic, and an arsonist

  • Ah, but #3 is the same as #1. – Hot Licks Feb 27 '18 at 21:04

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