A syntax question

Grant Edwards invalid at invalid.invalid
Mon Nov 10 17:11:22 CET 2014


On 2014-11-10, alister <alister.nospam.ware at ntlworld.com> wrote:
> 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	

I know, but in c.l.p, even jokes get nicely pednatic answers.

;)

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