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Ambiguity in "Mes amis sont venus et ils étaient tous contents"?

Kevin

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13 October 2016

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Ambiguity in "Mes amis sont venus et ils étaient tous contents"?

Is there some ambiguity in this example? Mes amis sont venus et ils étaient tous contents. The post translates that as "My friends came and they were all happy." However, in addition to (or maybe rather than--I don't know) "all of them," that could also mean something like "they were completely happy," couldn't it? That's my understanding of tout + a predicative adjective.

This relates to:
Tout, tous, toute, toutes = Everything, all (of them), the whole (indefinite pronouns) -

Kevin

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14 October 2016

14/10/16

That's very helpful, Aurélie--thank you!

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