1) I can act as well as John on a stage.
 
Can't this sentence have three meanings:
 
a) John doesn't act well on a stage. He acts well in another place (say, in front of a camera). I can act as well as him on a stage.

b) I can act as
well as John acts on a stage.

c) I can act as well on a stage as John acts on a stage.
 
Gratefully,
Navi
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navi posted:
1) I can act as well as John on a stage.
 Can't this sentence have three meanings:
 a) John doesn't act well on a stage. He acts well in another place (say, in front of a camera). I can act as well as him on a stage.
b) I can act as well as John acts on a stage.
c) I can act as well on a stage as John acts on a stage.

Hello, Navi,

I agree with you that (1) can have (b) and (c) as possible meanings, but I see no basis for considering (a) a possible meaning.

To say that you can act as well as John on a stage is not to say how well John acts, on a stage or anywhere else he does acting.

Thank you very much, David,

Point taken. My bad! I was pushing it!

But isn't this a possibility

Can you act as well as John?

I have never acted in front of a camera and I have never seen John on a stage. All I can tell you is that I can act as well as John (does in front of a camera) on stage.

Can't the part in parentheses be ellipted without any loss in meaning?

Gratefully,

Navi

 

 

 

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