down slightly / slightly after

zorspas

Senior Member
Turkish in lieu of Zazakî
Hi all.

China's Shanghai Composite index gained 1.8 percent Thursday afternoon, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng was down slightly after Wen's remarks.
This adjective "slightly" describes which of them? :

1- down slightly
2- slightly after

Thanks...
 
  • weescotch

    Member
    English - Scotland
    It's ambiguous, but I'd say the first option as it seems to make more sense. We'd probably say 'shortly after' if we meant the second thing.
     
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