The sentences we write should have only one possible meaning. Can you spot the ambiguity in the following sentences?
- Anyone who cooks occasionally creates dishes that make one choke.
- She taught a course in controlling riots at the University of Alberta.
- We knew we would make money on the deal before it was closed.
- Try as he might, Anthony could not explain why he wanted to get married to his cousin.
- He eats twigs and berries only because he needs the fibre.
- The Mayor acknowledged the role played by the police who broke up the drug ring at the annual mayoral dinner.
- Each subscriber to a newspaper in Victoria will receive an extra recycling box.
- The office will issue flashlights to janitors who work in Building A and Building B.
- We spotted the alchemist driving down the street.
- The parishioners sponsored a paper drive to help the Katrina relief effort that they had spent months planning.
- Do occasional cooks create such dishes, or do all cooks occasionally create them?
- Was the course on riots that happen at the University of Alberta or riots in general?
- Would the money be made before the deal was closed, or did we only know about it before the deal was closed?
- Was Anthony planning to marry his cousin or only trying to explain to her why he wanted to get married?
- Is it only twigs and berries he eats, or does he eat them only because he needs the extra fibre?
- Did the police break the drug ring up at the mayoral dinner or somewhere else?
- Is it subscribing to a newspaper published in Victoria or to any newspaper that merits the extra recycling box?
- Will only janitors who work in both buildings or those who work in either building get the flashlights?
- Were we or the alchemist driving down the street?
- Had the parishioners spent months planning the paper drive or the Katrina relief effort?