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For this sentence:

People in my group are willing to share what they learn not only at work but also off work.

I want not only at work but also off work to modify learn instead of share.

How to remove the ambiguity?

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  • Two English-to-Chinese translation applications give different results. Should the principle of proximity be used?
    – chaosink
    Aug 16, 2022 at 3:00
  • If you want to use a conjoined noun phrase with a modifier, it's going to be ambiguous; you can't escape it. If you want to be clear about what modifies what, avoid conjunctions. Aug 16, 2022 at 14:37

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I assume that you mean not only should apply to what they learn at work, not simply the verb learn.

People in my group are willing to share not only what they learn at work but also what they learn outside of work.

Moving not only to just before the fused relative headed by what makes clear that the coordination is between what they learn at work and what they learn outside of work.

It is advisable to repeat what they learn so that there is no confusion as to which part of the sentence everything that follows but is in coordination with.

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