Mighty Red Pen

August 28, 2008

Moon for the misbegotten modifiers

Filed under: Grammar goddess — mighty red pen @ 1:19 pm
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When Moondog asks Margarita:

Does your mom like blueberries as much as her daughter?

Does he mean:

a. Does your mom like blueberries as much as she likes her daughter?
b. Does your mom like blueberries as much as her daughter likes blueberries?

3 Comments »

  1. How about Obama last night speaking of his running mate, who he described as someone who is at ease with everyone, from big time diplomats “to the conductors of the Amtrak train that he still takes home every night.”

    Comment by Gopher — August 29, 2008 @ 11:55 am | Reply

  2. Wow, I guess we learned something about Joe Biden there …

    Comment by mighty red pen — August 29, 2008 @ 12:48 pm | Reply

  3. Moondog MEANT b.), but SAID a.) Nevertheless, there certainly HAVE been times when Mom has liked blueberries much more than she has liked her daughter. But LOVE endures, both the love a mother has for her daughter, and the love a daughter has for blueberries. Maybe Moondog was a bit confused, but Margarita’s got it clear!

    Comment by Margarita — August 31, 2008 @ 2:16 pm | Reply


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