Grizzly Weinstein (sea_gaagii) wrote in linguaphiles,
Grizzly Weinstein
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English and Ambiguity

Charles, the King, and the Queen left the castle.

Do you parse this as 3 people:
Charles
The King
The Queen

Or two people:
The King, named Charles
The Queen

I recently send an email to someone with a sentence constructed in a similar fashion; I meant to imply 3 people but she thought I was referring to 2 and told me, "Charles isn't the King".

Short of re-ordering; since in my sentence, I wanted to maintain the order (for purposes of chronology and stress) what is the clearest way to be sure this won't be parsed as being in apposition.

e.g.
Charles, and the King, and the Queen left the castle?

Does this seem awkward though?
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