What's the difference between general public's interpretations of these:

  1. John goes to the cinema with Kate and Ann.
  2. John goes to the cinema with Kate and with Ann.

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Perceptually, though not definitively…

  1. All three go to the cinema together.

  2. John only goes to the cinema with one girl each time.

  • I agree that these are the default (pragmatic) readings, Tetsujin. But can you add a supporting reference? Nov 19 at 16:21
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    @EdwinAshworth - tbh, I wouldn't know where to start to look for one.
    – Tetsujin
    Nov 19 at 16:30

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