Chuck (charlesofcamden) wrote,
Chuck
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Hmmm . . . pronoun trouble!

I must once again quote from Richard Lederer’s Anguished English. Today’s topic – sentences with subject and antecedent confusion, leaving the overall meaning in an intriguingly ambiguous state. These are a few of my favorites:

– After Governor Baldwin watched the lion perform, he was taken to Main Street and fed 25 pounds of raw meat in front of the Cross Keys Theater.

– The French government is preparing commercials encouraging the use of condoms that are blunt enough to shock even liberal Americans.

– My mother wants to have the dog’s tail operated on again, and if it doesn’t heal this time, she’ll have to be put away.

– Jerry Remy then hit an RBI single off Haas’s leg, which rolled into right field.

– People who use birth control methods that smoke a lot are in danger of having retarded children.
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