Kevin Doyle (kdoyle@HEI.COM)
Thu, 22 Aug 1996 07:18:25 -1000
On Wed, 21 Aug 1996, Cheryl Singhal wrote:
> Say, for instance, a sign place about 100 ft before The ramp for Exit 32
> that says
> "NEXT EXIT". Does that sign mean TURN HERE at Exit 32A, or does it mean
> TURN AT THE 2nd right (32B), or does it mean, Exit 47 not Exit 32?
> All those can be "next" under some definition.
At the risk of answering a trick question seriously, "Next exit" means
"next exit". To have it mean more, one would have to know what words
appeared before or after. 100 feet before an off-ramp is pretty short
notice for what ever (unidentified in the question) is coming up at the
"next exit", but unless there is some other exit in the 100 feet between
the sign and exit 32, then exit 32 would be the next exit.
Did I win the patch? :-)
PS: My Oxford defines "next" as coming nearest in order or time or sequence.
"Next" might be in the future, but all of the future (i.e. each of the
offramps in a sequence) aren't "next".
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City