do the same thing to us

azz

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a. Two years ago, my cousin went to my sister's place and stayed there for two months. I am afraid he might be planning to do that to us this year.
b. Two years ago, my cousin went to my sister's place and stayed there for two months. I am afraid he might be planning to do the same thing to us this year.


Do these imply that my cousin is planning to stay at our place for two months? I would think that the sentence is vague. He is planning to stay for a long period of time, but not necessarily exactly for two months. It might be a month or three months maybe...

Many thanks.
 
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    It's ambiguous -- it could be two months if you knew that every year your cousin was off work for two months and liked to travel, or it could just be "a long time, longer than you'd like to host him."

    Without context, I would interpret it (and use it) as "a long time."
     
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