A syntax question

alister alister.nospam.ware at ntlworld.com
Mon Nov 10 15:54:55 CET 2014

On Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:44:53 +0000, Grant Edwards wrote:

> On 2014-11-10, David Palao <dpalao.python at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> My crystal ball is currently in for repair and is not expected back in
>>> the foreseeable future.
>> Without a crystal ball, this prediction might be not well founded.
> That isn't a prediction.  It's an explicit statement of no prediction.
> He said that it is "not expected back" rather than "expected not to be
> back".  They're two different things.  The former asserts a _lack_ of
> expection/prediction.  The latter asserts an expectation/prediction.

It was only a a joke maybe it was a bit to subtle	

A light wife doth make a heavy husband.
		-- Wm. Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice"

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