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Brf wrote:Agreed. Your proposed meaning, Jiggy, is correct in the scenario you provided, but it is not grammatically identical to the sentence as presented. Brf's example uses the same structure.Jiggy wrote:"Instead of that, you may have me drive you, or invite some friends over here tonight, or borrow the car to visit John tomorrow."
Nope. You forgot the context in the front...
"When you go to the party tonight, instead of driving yourself you may have me drive you."
This sentence uses the word "instead", but still has the correct meaning of "may".
No, his is actually further off than mine (though I did leave a bit off mine too).The rule is in this format:
When you X, instead of normal-X you may A, B or C.
Instead of normal-X you may A, B or C.
When you X, instead of Y you may not-Y.
Mine was identical except for leaving out "when you X". His inclusion of "when you X" is just about the only thing that's not different from Controlled Rage—he's completely altered the fundamental structure of the sentence as a whole.
Controlled rage should be parsed into two halves: first you've got "When you X, instead of normal-X..." which denotes that you're replacing normal-X with a different verion. They you've got "you may A, B or C" which says "here's the list of things you can do".
Brf's sentence forms a break in a different spot. You start with "When you X", telling us the condition under which the next part of the sentence happens. Then we get "instead of Y you may not-Y", which shows that the default method of X is Y, but not-Y is also an option.
A correct example, that follows the entire structure of Controlled Rage (which, as a reminder, is "When you X, instead of normal-X you may A, B or C.") would be something like this:
"When you go out, instead of going where you were planning you may go to the movies, the cafe, or the park."
That is the same structure as Controlled Rage. And I think it's pretty obvious that the originally-planned party is not an allowed destination.