Author Topic: misplaced modifier?  (Read 1330 times)

Offline azz

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misplaced modifier?
« on: December 02, 2017, 10:38:07 am »
Can one say
a. With a name like that, his classmates constantly made fun of him.
b. With a name like that, you'd expect his classmates to make fun of him.
c. With a name like that, it's no surprise that his classmates made fun of him.


Does (b) imply that they did make fun of him, or that they didn't?

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Re: misplaced modifier?
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2017, 12:28:45 pm »
It could be either way - or some do, and some don't. The tome of the voice (if spoken) would be all important.
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