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Lisa hoped for a sunny day at the beach, so she was disappointed when it rained.

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Does the above mean "Lisa hoped for a sunny day (when she was) at the beach, ...?" Thanks.
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Yes, but we don't know from this sentence whether she planned to go to the beach and couldn't because it rained, or was already there when it started coming down in buckets. Either would work with "hoped for a sunny day at the beach." Lisa hoped for a relaxing morning in bed, she looked forward to a wild evening in her boyfriend's arms, she dreaded a painful afternoon at the dentist's office. In all these examples, Lisa sees herself in the scene Emotion: smile
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Does the above mean "Lisa hoped for a sunny day (when she was) at the beach, ...?" Thanks.
If I understand the focus of your question properly, the answer is "No". The sentence is telling us that it is the sunny day that is at the beach, not Lisa nor the hoping that is at the beach.

The structure is Lisa hoped for [ a sunny day at the beach ]
-- not Lisa hoped for [ a sunny day ] at the beach.

In the first structure, being at the beach is part of what is hoped for. In the second structure only a sunny day is hoped for, and Lisa and her hoping are located at the beach. The correct interpretation is the first.

Likewise for Delmobile's hoped for a relaxing morning in bed. Here "a relaxing morning in bed" is the hope. The sentence is not telling us that a hoping for a relaxing morning is being done while the hoper is in bed

CJ
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DelmobileYes, but we don't know from this sentence whether she planned to go to the beach and couldn't because it rained, or was already there when it started coming down in buckets. Either would work with "hoped for a sunny day at the beach." Lisa hoped for a relaxing morning in bed, she looked forward to a wild evening in her boyfriend's arms, she dreaded a painful afternoon at the dentist's office. In all these examples, Lisa sees herself in the scene Emotion: smile
Thanks, Del.'

Got it.
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