A syntax question
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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