stop bullying

azz

Senior Member
armenian
a. You have to tell your child to stop bullying.

Can't this have two meanings?

FIRST MEANING: You have to tell your child to stop bullying others.
SECOND MEANING: You have to tell your child to stop those who bully.

The sentences are mine.

I think (a) is ambiguous.

Many thanks.
 
  • Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    The only thing that makes it less than ambiguous is logic. Logically, it's unlikely that one child could stop those who bully. However, You have to tell your child's head teacher to stop bullying would probably have the other meaning.
     
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