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Gordan has made 100 dishes but I have not had one of them.

Does this sentence have any ambiguity? I think it's straight forward. There is only one interperation in form of a and not b. Can anyone find another interperation?

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Gordan has made 100 dishes but I have not had one of them.

Have you not had any from the 100, or is there only one dish from the 100 that you have not had?

Though the statement is ambiguous, the usual interpretation is the former.

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yes. It could mean that you have not had any of them, that was what I first thought. If you go back enough decades, this meaning would have demanded different English grammar, i have had not one of them.

Then I figured that there might be a special dish, you had the other 99 but never had this one.

I have had not a single bad experience with them.

I have had not a single response from anyone on this issue.

I have had not a single cold, sinus infection, etc.

I have had not one word from her

I have had not one but two exceptional customer service encounters

https://www.poetrynook.com/poem/i-have-had-not-one-word-her

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  • $\begingroup$ Though how you gonna write down the propositional logic translation? $\endgroup$ – Joe May 4 '18 at 1:36

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