I wanted to clarify how an adverb (usually preceding) affects the clauses connected by a conjunction.
Consider the dictionary meaning of the word oblique. The New Oxford Dictionary of American English defines it thus: not explicit or done in a direct way.
In such sentences, does the adverb not apply to both the clauses? Am I supposed to interpret the above as
(not explicit) or (not done in a direct way)
(not explicit) or (done in a direct way)
I believe it is the former (primarily from context), but wanted to clarify.
I apologize if my question is unclear, but I have seen confusing constructions when adverbs are used with conjugate clauses. I tried a search on english.stackexchange, but couldn't find anything relevant other than this one (maybe because I don't know how to do use technical terms correctly in this case).