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1) (A) Mary murdered the platypus
(B) Mary killed something

Is the answer:
(a) entails (b)
OR (a) presupposes (b)
OR both

2) (A) John is taller than Mary
(B) Mary is shorter than John

Is the answer:
(a) entails (b)
OR (a) presupposes (b)
OR both

  • Linguistics - ,

    1. It has to be the first choice; the second choice is false, so the third choice is false, too.

    2. It has to be both since both sentences are saying the same thing.

  • Linguistics - ,

    why does #1 not presuppose? If it is undern negatation, such as Mary did not murdered the platypus. Does it still necessarily mean that she she still did not kill something?

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