Exercise 23.16

Consider the following sentence (from The New York Times, July 28, 2008):

Banks struggling to recover from multibillion-dollar loans on real estate are curtailing loans to American businesses, depriving even healthy companies of money for expansion and hiring.

  1. Which of the words in this sentence are lexically ambiguous?

  2. Find two cases of syntactic ambiguity in this sentence (there are more than two.)

  3. Give an instance of metaphor in this sentence.

  4. Can you find semantic ambiguity?

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