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    Classified semantically ambiguous, syntactically ambiguous, or free from ambiguity

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    1. Decide whether the following claim
    a) states a value judgment not open to critical inspection,
    b) states a value judgment that is open to critical inspection (moral judgments), or
    c) is not a value judgment. If it is difficult to decide, try to identify the source of the problem. Explain your answer.

    The air in Cleveland is lower in hydrocarbons because there is less automobile emission than there was five years ago.

    2. Determine whether the following claim is best classified as semantically ambiguous (and whether this contains grouping ambiguities), syntactically ambiguous, or free from ambiguity: All snakes are not poisonous. Explain your answer.

    3. Provide a critical assessment of the following comparative general claim: Doctor Mohanty is younger than me.

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    1. is not a value judgment.
    * Note that a value judgment is the subjective assessment that a behavior, object, person, principle, etc., is good or bad or something is ought to or not ought to happen. Value judgments involve aesthetical, ethical, ideological, moral, theological and other interpretations and cannot be reduced to arguable statements of fact. ...

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    The solution determines whether the claim should be classified as semantically ambiguous, syntactically ambiguous, or free from ambiguity.