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Ambiguity

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If something is ambiguous, it requires a clearer explanation.

Ambiguity occurs when sentences or words could have more than one meaning.

This can happen when a word in the sentence has more than one meaning.

For example,

We all saw her duck.

The word duck could be a noun (as in the lady has a pet duck), or the word could refer to the verb duck, meaning that she wanted to avoid something.

Achilles
Kevin

Ambiguity can also happen due to sentence structure.

For example,

John bathed his dog wearing blue trousers.

It isn’t clear if John is wearing blue trousers whilst washing his dog, or if his dog is wearing blue trousers whilst having a bath.

Remember, try to avoid ambiguity unless you want to confuse your reader.

Achilles

Your Turn…

1. What is ambiguity?
Something that occurs when a sentence has two verbs
Something that occurs when words or sentences could have different meanings
Something that occurs when we write in capitals

2. Why might ambiguity be a problem?
Because it can be confusing
Because it can spend lots of money
Because it might not have a capital letter

3. Why might ambiguity be funny?
Because it can do funny voices
Because the verb might be amusing
Because one of the meanings could sound ridiculous

4. Which of the following could cause ambiguity?
Poor sentence structure
Poor spelling
Poor football skills

5. Which of the following could cause ambiguity?
A word having more than one meaning
A noun having all capitals
A noun having tea

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