I have read the following sentence in an Italian language learning tool:

L'ho trovato a lavorare nel giardino. (= I found him working in the garden)

Does this mean that I found him while I was working in the garden or while he was working in the garden?

  • Ah, the ambiguity of English! :)
    – Denis Nardin
    Commented Oct 1, 2019 at 20:25

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This means that you found him, while he was working in the garden. The other meaning could be expressed as

L'ho trovato lavorando in giardino


L'ho trovato mentre lavoravo in giardino.

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