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AMBIGUITY

By:

G.Vamshidhar rao (10SETME628)

AMBIGUITY
Ambiguity is a hindrance to clarity. The faulty construction of sentences gives rise to ambiguity. Generally, ambiguity arises because of the misplaced modifiers in sentences. (A modifier is a word/phrase/clause which tells us something more about a noun, verb or adjective in a sentence).

Ambiguity is a condition where information can be understood or interpreted in more than one way

EXAMPELS
We don't just serve hamburgers, we serve people. He noticed a large stain in the rug that was right in the centre. He noticed a large stain in the centre of the rug. John found his wallet near the bank

QUESTIONS

How ambiguity can be removed? Examples of ambiguous sentences.

REDUNDANCY
Redundancy is the part of a message that can be eliminated without loss of much information. (unnecessary repetition) Once necessary words are pruned, the idea stands out clearly and effectively.

12 midnight 12 noon 3 am in the morning

midnight noon 3 am

absolutely spectacular/phenomenal
a person who is honest a total of 14 birds biography of her life circle around close proximity

spectacular/phenomenal
an honest person 14 birds biography circle proximity

Redundant: The reason that we stopped for the night was


because we were tired.

Redundant: Because we were tired, we therefore stopped for the night.

Better: We stopped for the night because as we were tired.

Redundant: The underlying motive behind his kind words was so


that he could borrow money from me. Better: The underlying motive for his kind words was so that he could borrow money from me.

Better: The motive behind his kind words was so that he could

borrow money from me.