nyzoe (nyzoe) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Native speakers of English, I need your judgements...

Disregarding anything you might have learned at school or elsewhere about the proper use of articles,

assuming the Jones family is the family of four shown in picture (a),

how appropriate/true to fact would it be to describe the situation in picture (b) as

1. The Jones family is standing near a tree,

2. The Jones family is standing near trees,

and

3. The Jones family is standing near the (two) trees,

respectively? Say, on a scale from 0 to 4 where 0 is completely inappropriate/wrong and 4 is perfectly appropriate?



...As you might have guessed, I'm interested in what happens to the interpretation of prepositional constructions if the location of one or more objects is 'scattered', so to speak. Thank you! :)
 
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